Morning Meeting: Remembering Ron Johnson, Digging Into What Happened

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 9:51 am
By: Karen Sherman
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There are a lot of questions surrounding the death of a correctional officer at the South Dakota State Penitentiary Tuesday. We discussed many of them in our Newsroom Morning Meeting and we’re going to work to answer as many as possible for you today.

Officials still have not released much about what exactly happened yesterday morning.  Rodney Berget, 48, and Eric Robert, 48, are the two men suspected in the attempted escape and Correctional Officer Ron Johnson’s death.  They’re scheduled to be in court this afternoon and Ben Dunsmoor will be there to bring you the latest.  Attorney General Marty Jackley is expected to also answer some of our questions afterwards.

Plus, Austin Hoffman is looking back further into Berget and Robert’s backgrounds.  The Meade County State’s Attorney will share more on what sent them to the penitentiary in the first place.

Ron Johnson died in the line of duty on his 63rd birthday. His son, Jesse, talked with KELOLAND News Tuesday night a little about his father and how he was well-liked. The family of course needs time to cope with their loss, but Johnson is also to be honored and remembered. Those who knew and worked with him are invited to contact our reporters to help share more of his story.

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