You may not actually kill for fried chicken, but at least one guy was willing to take a murder rap for, among other things, a big pile of KFC and Popeye’s.
An AP story on CNN today reports that Tremayne Durham, 33, of New York City, confessed to killing a former employee of an ice cream company after the company wouldn’t give Durham a refund on an ice cream truck he’d bought. Savvy negotiator that he is, Durham saw a long string of potentially cruel and unusual prison food in his future and made a delicious plea deal:
Durham agreed to plead guilty to murder – but only if he could get a break from jail food. The judge agreed and granted Durham a feast of KFC chicken, Popeye’s chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, carrot cake and ice cream.
After Wednesday’s sentencing, Durham was to get the rest of the deal – calzones, lasagna, pizza and ice cream, his defense attorney confirmed. They will pay the tab.
We all know fried chicken is a wonderful comfort food, but there seems to be an extra strong link between the golden crust, the prison population and, sometimes, the great hereafter. Look at how many Texas death row inmates requested it as their last meal.
Fortunately for Durham, he won’t have to walk the green mile, but he was able to get a hell of a meal out of the deal anyway. Just goes to show, no matter how dire the situation, it sometimes is possible to have your fried chicken and eat it, too.
Defendant trades murder plea for KFC, pizza [AP/CNN]
Final Meal Requests [Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice]