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Janklow to Resign Following Conviction
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FLANDREAU, S.D. - U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow, convicted Monday of manslaughter for an Aug. 16 traffic death, announced late Monday he will resign from the House, effective Jan. 20.
A jury convicted Rep. Bill Janklow of manslaughter earlier Monday for a collision that killed a motorcyclist, rejecting the congressman's claim that he was disoriented by a diabetic reaction.
The jury in Janklow's boyhood hometown deliberated for about five hours before returning the verdict.
Janklow appeared stunned as the verdict was read. He walked steadily out of the courtroom, got in a vehicle driven by his son and left the courthouse. He refused to respond to questions shouted by a horde of reporters.
Janklow, 64, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, running a stop sign and speeding for the Aug. 16 crash that killed Randy Scott, 55, a farmer from Hardwick, Minn. Prosecutors said Janklow was traveling more than 70 mph in a white Cadillac when he crashed with Scott's Harley-Davidson.
"The state of South Dakota brought charges against a man we believed to be responsible for Randy's death," the victim's mother, Marcella Scott, said in a statement. "We are satisfied that the correct verdict was reached."
Jurors left the courthouse without talking to reporters, and both prosecutor Bill Ellingson and defense attorney Ed Evans refused comment.
Longtime Janklow friend Marc Tobias, who owns the car Janklow was driving Aug. 16, said the verdict is a tragedy for South Dakota "because they had a real congressman who understood the problems."
Janklow could get up to 10 years in prison on the manslaughter charge when he is sentenced Jan. 20.
He deserves the maximum penalty allowed under the law for his crime....