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South Dakota AG convicted on impeachment charges, removed from office

Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 5:37 PM CDT
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PIERRE, S.D. (Daktota News Now) - The South Dakota Senate has convicted Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg in an impeachment trial over a 2020 car crash in which he killed a pedestrian.

Senators voted to convict Ravnsborg on both articles of impeachment leveled against Ravnsborg Tuesday evening. The Senate also barred Ravnsborg from holding any state office in the future in a separate vote. Ravnsborg is the first elected official in South Dakota history to be impeached.

The impeachment trial stemmed from Ravnsborg’s involvement in a fatal 2020 crash where he struck and killed pedestrian Joe Boever near Highmore. Ravnsborg told a 911 dispatcher the night of the crash that he might have struck a deer or other large animal, and has said he didn’t know he struck a man until he returned to the scene the next morning. Criminal investigators said they didn’t believe some of Ravnsborg’s statements about it.

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