Former ETX last meal cook wants practice continued

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (AP) - A former East Texas inmate who once cooked the final meals for condemned prisoners is offering to continue the practice at no cost to the state now that prison officials have announced they've stopped the special meals.

Brian Price, who now runs a restaurant near Crockett, says he's extending his offer to any condemned inmate in the state and taxpayers will be out nothing.

Price is author of a book called "Meals to Die For," a cookbook that references his previous duties.

Officials who oversee the country's busiest death chamber stopped the practice last week after a prominent state senator complained about a hefty request from a man executed for his role in the notorious Jasper dragging death of James Byrd, Junior. Inmates now are to get only what other inmates eat that day.

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