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Gov. Noem – ‘I believe the attorney general should resign’

South Dakota AG Jason Ravnsborg
Jason Ravnsborg, the state’s top law enforcement officer, has said he will not step down while he waits for the case against him to proceed.
Gov. Noem, Sioux Falls COVID-19 presser
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has stated she believes the state's attorney general should resign now that charges have been filed against him.

PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has issued a statement saying Jason Ravnsborg, the state's top law enforcement officer, should resign following charges filed against him a fatal crash.

Prosecutors have charged the Republican attorney general with three misdemeanors but no felonies in the September death of 55-year-old Joseph Boever.

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He faces up to 30 days in jail on each of the three counts, including careless driving. Ravnsborg has said he's grateful that he's still presumed innocent under the law.

Ravnsborg initially told authorities he thought he had struck a deer. The attorney general has said he didn’t know he struck a man until he returned to the scene and found the body the next day. 

State lawmakers have begun impeachment proceedings against Ravnsborg.

Read More: South Dakota House moves to impeach AG after fatal crash

Ravnsborg has said he will not step down while he waits for the case against him to proceed. Noem would get to appoint a replacement if Ravnsborg resigns or if he gets impeached.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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