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Lance Execution Media Advisory

Commissioner: 
Timothy C. Ward
Director of Public Affairs: 
Joan Heath
Contact Name: 
Kasandra Ortiz
Contact Email: 
Kasandra.Ortiz@gdc.ga.gov
Date: 
January 23, 2020
STATE OF GEORGIA

Lance Execution Media Advisory

Offender’s Last Meal

FORSYTH, Ga. – Condemned murderer, Donnie Cleveland Lance, is scheduled for execution by lethal injection at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29th at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison (GDCP) in Jackson. Lance was sentenced to death in 1999 for the murders of Sabrina Joy Lance and Dwight G. Wood, Jr.

Media witnesses for the execution are Kate Brumback, Associated Press – Atlanta Bureau, Joshua Sharpe, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Alexandria Pace Buffington, Mainstreet News/The Jackson Herald, and Bradley Gray, WXIA/11Alive.

Lance requested a last meal of two chili steak burgers, french fries, onion rings, mustard, ketchup, and a soda.

There have been 74 men and one woman executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. If executed, Lance will be the 53rd offender put to death by lethal injection. There are presently 42 men and one woman under death sentence in Georgia.

GDCP is located 45 minutes south of Atlanta off Interstate 75. From Atlanta, take exit 201 (Ga. Hwy. 36), turn left over the bridge, and go approximately ¼ mile. The entrance to the prison is on the left. Media covering the execution will be allowed into the prison’s media staging area beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

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