Bill Janklow, R-SD, could spend the next decade in prison if convicted
of second-degree manslaughter for a fatal collision with a motorcyclist, The Associated Press reported.
was also charged with failure to stop, speeding and misdemeanor
reckless driving for the Aug. 16 crash, which killed a 55-year-old
farmer from Minnesota.
manslaughter charge carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years
in prison and a $10,000 fine.
say Janklow was driving 71 mph when his Cadillac ran a stop sign
in eastern South Dakota, killing Randolph E. Scott, who was returning
home from his former father-in-law's 80th birthday party.
who has a history of driving fast, told an investigator he saw the
sign but was going too fast to stop. He received a dozen speeding
tickets in a five-year period in the early 1990s, a time when he
held no public office, records show.