Former U.S. Representative and long time South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow, a law-and-order politician known for his no-nonsense approach to crime and public policy, will spend 100 days in jail as punishment for the death of Randy Scott in a traffic accident, reports the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. The maximum term for his second-degree manslaughter conviction was 10 years.
“There will be cynics who say he’s getting a get-out-of-jail-free card,” Circuit Judge Rodney Steele said yesterday in Flandreau, S.D. “I would encourage you to disregard such cynicism.” Janklow, 64, will turn himself in Feb. 7.
After one month in jail, he will be eligible to perform community service six days a week, but he must return for lockup each day. Steele did not order restitution to Scott’s family, noting that the family is suing Janklow for damages. Steele’s ruling is a “suspended imposition of sentence,” meaning the felony is wiped from his record unless the judge finds a reason to rule otherwise. Three lesser charges – for reckless driving, speeding and running a stop sign – will remain on his record.
Brandee Scott, the victim’s 22-year-old daughter, said she was “very satisfied” with the sentence. Prosecutor Roger Ellyson, who a few minutes earlier had criticized Janklow for “his utter lack of candor,” called it “a fair and reasonable sentence.”