Janklow remained in office through his indictment and trial. After he was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 100 days in jail, he resigned in January 2004.
Janklow expressed remorse about the accident, according to a UPI report.
“I did what I felt was right,” he said, breaking into tears at the news conference he held to announce his cancer in November. “If I had it to do over again, I’d do everything I did, except I’d stop at a stop sign.”
Janklow is survived by his wife, Mary Dean, and their three children.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.