Janklow faces possible 10-year prison sentence

| Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Rep. 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.

Janklow 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.

The manslaughter charge carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Authorities 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.

Janklow, 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.

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