GOP South Dakota AG To Take Plea Deal In Fatal Crash

Law & Crime reports:

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (R) will take a plea deal for “misdemeanor traffic charges” after striking and killing a man last year while driving home from an event, prosecutors told the Associated Press on Wednesday. Ravnsborg was scheduled to face a two-day trial starting on Thursday.

Ravnsborg faced the three misdemeanor charges in the death of Joseph Boever, 55, along a rural stretch of U.S. Highway 14 on the night of Sept. 12, 2020. The AG told 911 dispatchers that he thought he hit a “deer” in the “middle of the road.”

Video of Ravnsborg’s subsequent police interrogation spread online. “His face was in your windshield, Jason,” an interrogator told Ravsnborg. “Think about that.” Authorities have suggested that Ravnsborg was reading various right-wing conspiracy-theory-themed websites in the seconds leading up to the crash.

Read the full article. Last month Ravnsborg attempted to argue that his victim threw himself in front of the vehicle in an act of suicide.