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Janklow jailed in motorcyclist's death

FLANDREAU, S.D. -- Bill Janklow, who dominated South Dakota politics for three decades as governor and then congressman, was sentenced yesterday to 100 days in jail yesterday for a car crash that killed a motorcyclist.After 30 days behind bars, Janklow will be allowed to leave jail during the day for up to 10 hours to perform community service. After he completes his jail term, he will be on probation for three years, during which he will not be allowed to drive. The 64-year-old Republican was found guilty Dec. 8 of second-degree manslaughter, speeding, and running a stop sign for a collision that killed 55-year-old motorcyclist Randy Scott at a rural intersection on Aug. 16.

"If I could change places with him, I would. It's easy for me to say that, but I would," the former congressman told the judge before hearing his sentence.

"All I can say, judge, is I'm sorry for what happened and I wish I could change it," Janklow said, his voice choking.

Janklow said he never tried to excuse his behavior. He said he got a lot of traffic tickets, but none after he was elected to the third of his four terms as governor in 1994.

"While I was governor, I drove fast -- really fast. I had a lot of places to go and things to do," he told Judge Rodney Steele.

The judge fined Janklow $5,400 and ordered him to pay $50 a day for the cost of his 100 days in jail, for another $5,000. Janklow was ordered to report to the county jail in Sioux Falls on Feb. 7.

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