S.D. Atty. Gen. Jason Ravnsborg pleads no contest

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A judge has ordered no jail time for South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg in a crash that killed a pedestrian last year, instead fining him $500 on each of two misdemeanor counts.

Ravnsborg ImpeachedCircuit Judge John Brown also ordered Ravnsborg to pay assorted court costs after the Republican entered no-contest pleas Thursday in the crash that killed Joseph Boever last September.

Boever’s family members complained bitterly before Ravnsborg was sentenced that the law didn’t provide stiff enough punishment for the attorney general, whom they accused of arrogance ever since the crash that killed Boever.

Ravnsborg entered the pleas Thursday to charges of making an illegal lane change and using a phone while driving.

As part of his plea deal, prosecutors dropped a careless driving charge against the state’s highest law enforcement officer.

Ravnsborg, who was elected to his first term in 2018, initially told authorities that he thought he had struck a deer or other large animal on Sept. 12 as he drove home from a Republican fundraiser.

Ravnsborg didn’t attend the hearing, though he wasn’t required to do so.

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