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Posted at 3:44 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 16:44:51-05

STARKE, Fla. (AP) —  A Florida man set for execution was described by prison officials as calm and in good spirits hours before he was scheduled to be put to death.

The statement says 55-year-old Jose Antonio Jimenez was visited Thursday by a spiritual adviser and ate a last meal that included a Cuban sandwich, eggs, French fries and ice cream.

Barring a last-minute stay, Jimenez was scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday for the beating and stabbing death of 63-year-old Phyllis Minas in her North Miami apartment in October 1992.

According to corrections officials, there have been 27 executions since Scott took office in 2011, and Jimenez’s would be the 28th if carried out.

That’s the most of any Florida governor since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.