Family members of murder victim Ronald "RJ" Johnson witnessed Eric Robert’s execution by lethal injection.
Johnson’s widow Lynette says her family knows the perpetrator’s death doesn’t bring back the husband, father, and grandfather taken from them on his birthday in April of last year.
"But we do know that the employees of the Department of Corrections and the public in general will be just a little bit safer now," she says. "We need to have more attention focused on the safety of all correctional officers in the state of South Dakota."
Lynette Johnson says there’s much more to do to ensure those responsible for her husband’s death answer for their conduct. She says people should remember how kind and caring her husband was and that he’s greatly missed.