EL PASO, Texas, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A Texas man convicted of killing a police officer in a 2000 prison break with six other inmates is set to be executed Feb. 29, state officials said.
George Rivas was convicted by a Dallas jury in 2002 of gunning down officer Aubrey Hawkins with 11 bullets and running over his body twice after escaping from the Connally Unit prison in Kenedy on Dec. 13, 2000, the El Paso (Texas) Times reported.
Rivas is considered the mastermind behind the prison break in which he and six other inmates fled and went on a violent monthlong crime spree.
He is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Feb. 29 in Huntsville, corrections officials said.
It doesn't appear Rivas will appeal his fate, as during his Dallas trial, he asked the jury for the death penalty, the newspaper said.
"I don't want to just exist anymore like an animal in prison," Rivas said.
One of the other Texas Seven escapees, Donald Newbury, is scheduled to be executed Feb. 1, the newspaper said.