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Published March 30, 2013, 10:36 AM

Annual SD death penalty vigil draws 30 protesters

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — About 30 people gathered outside the South Dakota state penitentiary on Good Friday for an annual protest against the death penalty.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — About 30 people gathered outside the South Dakota state penitentiary on Good Friday for an annual protest against the death penalty.

The Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/YPSaf2) that the vigil, which has taken place for two decades, lasted for about an hour outside the Sioux Falls prison.

Two inmates at the prison, Donald Moeller and Eric Robert, were put to death by lethal injection in October. Three other men — Charles Rhines, Briley Piper and Rodney Berget — are currently on death row.

Seventeen states do not have the death penalty, including North Dakota.

The vigil was organized by the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center, South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Pax Christi.

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