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SD Supreme Court: Appeal From Murdered Prison Officer's Widow


In 2011, prison officer Ron Johnson was murdered by two inmates who were trying to escape. His widow, Lynette Johnson, sued the South Dakota Department of Corrections and certain of its employees, in particular then-Warden Doug Weber. She holds that prison officials knew the inmates were planning an escape, but concealed that information after the incident.

The suit has been dismissed by both a federal court and state court. Now Lynette Johnson has appealed to the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Justices heard arguments on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Pierre. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

To listen to oral arguments or read briefs , click on the link below, scroll down, and find this case, third from the bottom. Click on the briefcase icon to read the filings, or click on the audio icon to hear attorneys make arguments.


Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She Retired from this position in March 2023.
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