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Thursday, January 22, 2004

Janklow to be sentenced in S.D. accident

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Former Rep. Bill Janklow is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in his boyhood hometown of Flandreau, S.D. The 64-year-old former governor and state attorney general was convicted Dec. 8 of second-degree manslaughter, speeding and running a stop sign, as well as reckless driving which killed motorcyclist Randy Scott.

South Dakota does not require minimum sentences, so the judge's discretion ranges from no time behind bars and no fines up to a total of 10 years in prison for the manslaughter count, 14 months in jail for the lesser counts and $11,400 in fines. Judge Rodney Steele also could require restitution or community service or set other special conditions.

Whatever the sentence, the judge likely will rely heavily on a presentence report that includes facts on every aspect of Janklow's life, his driving record and comments from the Scott family.

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