2 brothers sentenced to death in separate states

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This May 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections via The Oklahoman shows convicted killer Roger Berget who was executed on June 8, 2000.  His younger brother Rodney Berget is in prison in South Dakota awaiting execution for bludgeoning a prison guard to death with a pipe during an attempted escape. The Bergets are not the first pair of siblings to be condemned. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections via The Oklahoman)
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This May 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections via The Oklahoman shows convicted …

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Rodney Berget lives in a single cell on South Dakota's death row, rarely leaving the room where he awaits execution for killing a prison guard.

Berget isn't the first member of his family to be sentenced to death. In an unusual twist, his older brother was convicted in 1987 of killing a man for his car. Roger Berget spent 13 years on Oklahoma's death row until his execution in 2000 at age 39.

The Berget brothers aren't the first pair of siblings to be condemned. Record books reveal at least three cases of brothers who committed crimes — and got the death penalty — together.

But death row experts say the Bergets stand out because their crimes were separated by more than 600 miles and 25 years.

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