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Born: December 4, 1940

Died: January 17, 1977 (aged 36)

Nationality: American

Occupation: Criminal

Bio: Gary Mark Gilmore was an American who gained international notoriety for demanding that his own death sentence be fulfilled following two murders he committed in Utah. He became the first person executed in the United States after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a new series of death penalty statutes in the 1976 decision Gregg v. Georgia. Gilmore was executed by firing squad in 1977.

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