The killer of a deputy was executed in the electric chair despite a plea for mercy for his role in protecting prison workers during an inmate uprising.

Wilbert Lee Evans, 44, was pronounced dead at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday at the State Penitentiary.Evans, convicted of grabbing Deputy William Truesdale's gun and murdering the officer while being returned to jail from a hearing in 1981, went to his death after Gov. L. Douglas Wilder denied a request for clemency.

The inmate said he deserved a second chance because of his actions during a 1984 uprising in which six death-row inmates escaped from Mecklenburg Correctional Center. Evans was on death row there at the time.