PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State prosecutors have asked the South Dakota Supreme Court to uphold the death sentence of a prison inmate who killed a prison guard.

Eric Robert pleaded guilty to killing prison guard Ronald Jonson during a failed escape attempt last April and asked to be executed. A judge sentenced him to death, and Robert has asked that the Supreme Court not delay his execution.

However, the Supreme Court has delayed the execution because state law requires the high court to review all death penalty cases to determine if the sentence is proper.

The state’s written brief, filed late Thursday, says state law clearly requires the Supreme Court to review the death sentence.

The state also says the death penalty is appropriate for Robert based on the evidence in the case.

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Comments (9)
  1. Lon says:

    This guy is a hero

    1. dan says:

      Who exactly is a hero Lon?

  2. Brett says:

    So, LIKE, what’s the problem?? Give him the injection, or a rope, or a “silver bullet”, and be done with it. Justice served.

  3. Billy says:


  4. Brett says:

    If SD needs any “help” on this one, they can always call me. I won’t even charge them anything (mileage, hotel, meals, AMMO, etc.)

  5. Karen says:

    0:Guard 1:Inmate = priceless

    1. Real Deal says:

      C u next Tuesday

  6. Denney Heckers wrinkly ol butt says:

    Too bad they let inmates have computers, look at these comments.

  7. justice is dead says:

    Head of the ATF should get death penalty for sending guns to Mexican cartel whereby a border guard was killed.

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