Inmate who killed twice for death penalty has cases reviewed

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Robert Gleason Jr. was serving a life sentence for murder when he killed his cellmate in 2009 then strangled another inmate last year.

By: Frank Green | Times-Dispatch
Published: April 19, 2012


In 2009, inmate Robert Charles Gleason Jr. murdered his cellmate and hours later ate the victim’s lunch as well as his own next to the undiscovered body.

He threatened to kill again unless sentenced to death and, in 2010, Gleason strangled a second inmate, this time in Virginia’s ultrasecure Red Onion State Prison, in the guise of fitting him for a religious necklace.

Afterward, he told would-be resuscitators, “You’re gonna have to pump him a lot harder than that to get him back.”