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According to US media, An American Rodney Berget executed Monday

Rodney Berget executed

A 56-year-old American man Rodney Berget was executed Monday by lethal injection in South Dakota, as was his brother 18 years ago in Oklahoma.

Rodney Berget was sentenced to death in 2012 for the murder of a prison guard during a failed escape attempt a year earlier.

He committed the murder while serving a life sentence for two attempted murder and rape.

During his trial in 2012, he felt “deserve the death penalty”.

He was finally executed Monday night after the US Supreme Court dismissed a last resort on his intellectual faculties.

This last minute procedure delayed the execution by five hours, so Rodney Berget joked about it before going out.

“Sorry for the delay, I was stuck in the traffic jams,” he said, according to witness Don Jorgensen quoted in local media.

He also told some members of the assembly that he loved them, before adding, “I’ll meet you up there,” according to another witness, Dani Ferguson.

In 2000, when he was executed in Oklahoma, his older brother, Roger James Berget, chose to keep his mouth shut.

He had also been lethally injected at the age of 39 for killing a math teacher in 1985 to whom he wanted to steal his car. None of his family had attended the execution, had written the press at the time.

According to US media, the two men were born into a dysfunctional family, marked by alcohol and violence. The elder brother had been expelled by their father before his 10 years, had pleaded in vain his lawyer.

South Dakota had not executed since 2012.

Rodney Berget is the 19th sentenced to death executed from the beginning of the year in the United States.

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