SIOUX FALLS, S.D., May 17 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow had been released from a South Dakota jail where he served a 100-day sentence for manslaughter.
Janklow, 64, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and three misdemeanors stemming from an Aug. 16, 2003, wreck. Janklow, driving between 64 and 71 mph, ran a stop sign at a rural intersection and struck Randy Scott, a 55-year-old farmer from Minnesota, who was riding a motorcycle. Scott was killed.
The manslaughter conviction carried a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison but, on Jan 22, Circuit Judge Rodney Steele handed down the 100-day jail sentence and other restrictions on Janklow, the Argus Leader newspaper reported. The former representative's driver's license has been suspended and he must serve three years on probation. The felony conviction will be wiped from the record if Janklow meets all sentencing conditions.
Janklow, a Republican, was governor of South Dakota from 1979-87 and 1995-2003. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2002 and resigned Jan. 20.