Rodney Berget — white, age 48
Sentenced to death in Minnehaha County, South Dakota
By: a judge (waived right to jury sentencing hearing)
Date of crime: April 12, 2011
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Berget was sentenced to death for the murder of Correction Officer Ronald Johnson (age 63). Berget and Eric Robert (age 49) used a metal pipe and plastic wrap to kill Johnson during a failed escape attempt. A third inmate, Michael Nordman (age 47) is charged with supplying the pipe and plastic wrap used in the slaying.
Sources: 2/6/12 US St. News 00:00:00, 1/3/13 AP Alert – SD 16:12:12, Boston Globe (MA) 1/4/13 (2013 WLNR 239567), Lawton Constitution (OK) 1/4/13 (2013 WLNR 307632).