Jackley seeks October execution date for RobertPIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota State Penitentiary inmate who killed a prison guard could be put to death in about two months.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota State Penitentiary inmate who killed a prison guard could be put to death in about two months.
Attorney General Marty Jackley has asked a judge to set an execution date for 50-year-old Eric Robert the week of Oct. 14.
Robert pleaded guilty to killing guard Ron Johnson during a failed escape attempt last year and asked to be put to death. He was to be executed by lethal injection in May but the state Supreme Court postponed the execution so it could do a mandatory review of the sentence. The high court last Thursday unanimously upheld the death sentence.
A second inmate involved in the escape attempt also has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to death, but is appealing. A third inmate was given a life sentence.