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Ravnsborg to change plea to no contest

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, through his representation, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges Thursday as part of a plea deal.  He pleaded no contest to making an illegal lane change and using his phone while driving, the reckless driving charges were dropped. 

 

The judge in this case did not give Ravnsborg jail time, but did order him to pay $500 for each offense and about $3,000 for costs to secure the scene of the crash.  Ravnsborg was also ordered to take part in public service events about the dangers of distracted driving on or near the anniversary of the accident where he killed 55-year-old Joe Boever of Highmore for the next five years.  

The family was allowed to speak during the proceedings.  Boever's sister Jane said this was not the outcome the family wanted...

 

 

 

Boever's widow Jenny talked about her life without her husband Joe...

 

 

 

Ravnsborg's attorney Timothy Rensch of Rapid City reminded the judge and those listening in, this case was bout two misdemeanors and though his actions did in fact kill Boever, he was not charged in his death...

 

 

 

The judge did not allow Ravnsborg to have a suspended imposition of sentence in this case.  A suspension of imposition in South Dakota would seal the record of an offense if found guilty or convicted.  The judge did however dismiss requests from the victim's family to have Ravnsborg pay the funeral costs for the late Joe Boever.   

 

 

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