PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the execution of prison guard killer Eric Robert marks a “sad day for South Dakota.”
Daugaard says in a Monday night statement that executions are rare in the state and are “warranted only with extreme forethought and certainty.”
Robert died at 10:24 p.m. Monday for the April 2011 death of Ronald “R.J.” Johnson, who was killed during a failed prison escape. Robert and inmate Rodney Berget beat Johnson with a pipe and put plastic wrap around his head. The inmates were detained by other officers.
Daugaard says he hopes Robert’s execution brings closure to Johnson’s family.
Robert admitted to a judge his role in the death and says he would kill again. Berget is appealing his death sentence.
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