SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In a story Feb. 1 about a judge affirming a death sentence for Rodney Berget in the killing of a prison guard, The Associated Press reported an erroneous year for the execution of another inmate, Eric Robert, in the guard’s death. Robert was executed in 2012, not 2010.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Judge upholds death penalty sentence for South Dakota man
A judge says a man who pleaded guilty to killing a correctional officer during an escape attempt does not have an intellectual disability and can face the death penalty
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A judge says a man who pleaded guilty to killing a prison guard during an escape attempt does not have an intellectual disability and can face the death penalty.
Fifty-five-year-old Rodney Berget pleaded guilty in April 2012 to killing Ronald “R.J.” Johnson in a failed prison escape attempt in April 2011 along with fellow inmate Eric Robert. Berget was scheduled to be executed in May 2015.
The ruling follows a nearly-week long court hearing in Sioux Falls
Attorney General Marty Jackley says the facts demonstrate that Berget was a leader, not a follower, and has a highly developed planning and problem solving ability. Jackley says he will now seek a warrant for Berget’s execution.
Robert also pleaded guilty in the April 2011 killing of Johnson. Robert was executed in 2012.