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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.