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Rep. Bill Janklow Guilty of Second Degree Manslaughter

Rep. Bill Janklow Guilty of Second Degree Manslaughter

Release Date: 6/4/2004

Flandreau, S.D.; (MCNW) The South Dakota jury convicted Rep. Bill Janklow of second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, running a stop sign and speeding that killed Randy Scott, 55, a Harley-Davidson rider from Hardwick, Minnesota.

After the verdict was read the stunned looking Janklow walked out of the courtroom, got in a vehicle driven by his son and left the courthouse without responding to any questions from reporters. Janklow submitted a resignation letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicating his resignition would become effective on January 20, 2004, the same day of his upcoming senencing hearing.

On Saturday, August 16, motorcyclist Randy Scott was killed in a collision with a car driven by Janklow. The accident took place at the intersection of two county roads in eastern South Dakota. Reports released by investigators indicated that Janklow's car, traveling at speeds estimated at more that 70 mph, did not stop at the stop sign and continued into the path of the motorcycle, giving the rider no chance to avoid the fatal collision.

Edward Moreland, AMA Vice President for Government Relations, released a statement saying "We believe that the jury reached the correct verdict in this case," "The legal system can never eliminate the loss suffered by the Scott family, but it was clear from the beginning that the tragic events of August 16 went far beyond a simple traffic accident. We hope this verdict sends a strong message, both to citizens and to the justice system."

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