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.
“South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to Plead ‘No Contest’ to Misdemeanors in Death of Man Walking Along Road: Reports”@Aaron_Keller reports.
(The story and tweet have been revised to specify the plea deal, first reported by Vanity Fair.) https://t.co/a2wwAZ7yUl
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) August 25, 2021
South Dakota AG Jason Ravnsborg was reading Joe Biden conspiracy theories at John Solomon’s Just The News website while driving when he slammed into a man, killing him and hitting him so hard the man’s face came through the windshield. (Ravnsborg claimed he thought he hit a deer) pic.twitter.com/Lz9dWb7SBa
— Tim Johnson (@timothywjohnson) February 26, 2021