08-29-2003

03NR27 - Congressman Janklow Faces Second-Degree Manslaughter Charge

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August 29, 2003

#03NR27 - Congressman Janklow Faces Second-Degree Manslaughter Charge

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that the Moody County, South Dakota State's Attorney has charged U.S. Representative William Janklow with second-degree manslaughter and three misdemeanor charges in connection with his automobile accident on August 16 that resulted in the tragic death of Minnesota motorcyclist Randy Scott. The felony manslaughter charge carries a maximum penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to KELOLAND TV News in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Congressman Janklow has also been "charged with failure to stop, going 71 in a 55 mile an hour zone and reckless driving. The first two violations carry a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $200 fine. The top penalty for reckless driving is a year in jail and a $1,000 fine."

Darrel Killion, State Coordinator for ABATE of South Dakota, states, "The announcement by the Moody County State's Attorney charging Rep. Bill Janklow is clearly a step in the right direction not only for motorcycle riders, but for any citizen that is hurt or killed as a result of another driver's negligence."

Killion continues, "ABATE of South Dakota and its members have firmly believed that South Dakota authorities would proceed in accordance with the laws of this state with a result that would serve justice for all parties concerned, and we have not been disappointed. The membership of ABATE of South Dakota applauds State's Attorney Bill Ellingson for his careful and just deliberations in this matter, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol for their thorough and careful investigation."

"I am pleased that the investigation has proceeded with vigor and in a timely manner," commented Karen Bolin, MRF President. "I am hopeful that justice will prevail. I would like to thank Darrel Killion and ABATE of South Dakota for their diligent approach and partnership with the MRF on this issue."

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