A man put to death on Thursday used his last words to attack Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Donald Dillbeck, 59, brutally murdered Faye Vann more than three decades ago, committing the crime after he had escaped from a work-release job while he was already serving a life sentence for murdering Lee County Deputy Dwight Lynn Hall, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
"I know I hurt people when I was young. I really messed up," Dillbeck reportedly said. "But I know Ron DeSantis has done a lot worse. He's taken a lot from a lot of people. I speak for all men, women and children. He's put his foot on our necks. Ron DeSantis and other people like him can suck our d****."
DeSantis signed Dillbeck's death warrant last month.
In a statement, Tony and Laura Vann noted that they had been "robbed of years of memories with" their mother, but that "the execution has given us some closure." They noted that they were thankful to the governor "for carrying out the sentence."
DeSantis, a popular Republican figure who won re-election during the Sunshine State's 2022 gubernatorial contest, is widely viewed as someone who could potentially mount a presidential bid later this year. Prior to becoming Florida governor, DeSantis served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Former President Donald Trump, who has already announced a 2024 presidential bid, has been attacking DeSantis, referring to him as "DeSanctimonious" and describing him as a "RINO," which is an acronym that stands for "Republican in name only."
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