Eric Donald Robert was executed on October 15, 2012, by the state of South Dakota. Eric was pronounced dead at 10:24 pm CDT, inside the execution chamber at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Eric was 50 years of age. He was executed for murdering 63-year-old correctional officer Ronald “R.J.” Johnson, while he was serving time in the South Dakota State Penitentiary after kidnapping an 18-year-old. Eric killed Ronald on April 12, 2011, while trying to escape from prison. Eric pled guilty and waived all his appeals.
Eric was raised by his single mother and helped to raise his younger sister in Wisconsin. Eric maintained good grades and put himself through college. Prior to his arrest, he had a successful career in wastewater treatment. He also worked as an emergency medical technician, frequently volunteered in the community, and coached a Little League team.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Ronald and for any others who have been harmed by his actions. Please pray for the family of Eric.