Execution date and time set for inmate Eric Robert
The execution date and time are set for the South Dakota inmate sitting on death row for the killing of a correctional officer.
Eric Robert's execution is set for Monday, October 15 at approximately 10:00 p.m.
State law allows for the judge in a capital punishment case to appoint a week for the execution to occur. The exact date and time of the execution is left to the warden's discretion. The warden is required by state law to publicly announce the scheduled day and hour of the execution not less than 48 hours prior to the execution.
Robert is being executed for the slaying of Correctional Office Ronald "RJ" Johnson during a failed escape attempt from the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.
Robert was serving an 80-year sentence on a kidnapping conviction when he and inmate Rodney Berget attempted to escape the prison.