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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.