Leader of notorious Texas 7 gang to die Wednesday

George Rivas (AP, Richard Michael Pruitt)
George Rivas (AP, Richard Michael Pruitt)

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — George Rivas already was saddled with 17 life prison terms when he told a Dallas County jury he deserved death for organizing the largest-ever jailbreak from a Texas prison and then killing a suburban Dallas police officer.

Prosecutors urged jurors to not be manipulated by the leader of the notorious "Texas 7" gang of fugitives, insisting Rivas was trying to trick them into avoiding the death chamber.

Jurors decided he should die. And now the 41-year-old Rivas is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville.

Attorneys say his appeals are exhausted. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a clemency request. And Rivas acknowledges he's ready to die for fatally shooting Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins 11 years ago.