Dakota Rep. Bill Janklow pleaded innocent Sept. 26 to manslaughter;
the Republican former governor also pleaded innocent on three misdemeanor
charges stemming from an Aug. 16 wreck that killed 55-year-old Randy
Scott, The Associated Press reported.
allege Janklow was driving a Cadillac 71 mph in a 55-mph zone and
had just run a stop sign at a rural intersection near Trent when
he collided with Scott’s Harley-Davidson.
was set for Dec. 1.
second-degree manslaughter, which has a maximum punishment of 10
years in prison and a $10,000 fine, Janklow is charged with reckless
driving, speeding and running a stop sign.
is allowed to remain free on a personal recognizance bond.
misdemeanor conviction would not affect Janklow's ability to serve
in Congress. A felony conviction would bring an automatic investigation
by the House Ethics Committee.
committee's rules say representatives who plead guilty or are convicted
of a crime that carries two or more years in prison should refrain
from voting in the chamber until his or her record is cleared, or
term expires at the end of next year.