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Longtime Guard Killed In Attempted Escape

April 12, 2011, 3:18 PM

Longtime Guard Killed In Attempted Escape
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Authorities have released the name of a South Dakota guard killed during a failed escape attempt on Tuesday.

The governor's office says 63-year-old Ronald Johnson was killed when Rodney Berget and Eric Robert tried to break out of the state Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.  Johnson worked at the Penitentiary for 23 years. 

Governor Dennis Daugaard released the following statement:

"I am deeply saddened by Mr. Johnson's death, and I am praying for his family and friends at this very difficult time. This incident is a somber reminder that our prison guards put themselves at risk, every day, to protect South Dakota from our worst criminals. The Penitentiary is under lockdown and will remain so as DCI conducts its investigation. The attackers are in custody and under confinement. We will act swiftly to bring these murderers to justice and to ensure the safety of our prison staff."

KELOLAND News has crews on the scene and will have the latest on the situation as details are released.

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