FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 01, 2015
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215
Bosworth Sentenced in Election Law Violation Case
PIERRE – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Annette Bosworth, 43, Sioux Falls, was sentenced to 2 years for each of the 6 counts for offering false or forged instrument for filing and 2 years for each of the 6 counts for perjury. All counts to be suspended with 3 years of probation including 500 hours of community service, cost of prosecution to the County and court cost of $104 for each count.
“A citizen grand jury and jury have determined that Annette Bosworth has violated state election law enacted by our legislature to protect the integrity of our elections in South Dakota. I respect today’s sentence because jail is meant primarily for public safety, not necessarily for people whose conduct has crossed the line of exasperation to the general public,” said Jackley. “I join in the Court’s recognition coming from those that know Dr. Bosworth best, her medical patients, that she is capable of helping them, and I hope that she will now take advantage of this sentence and focus on such an important opportunity.”
On April 5, 2014, the Attorney General’s Office received an affidavit from the South Dakota Secretary of State challenging certain signatures on Bosworth’s nominating petitions. Bosworth was indicted in June 19, 2014, on multiple counts of perjury and filing false election documents for attesting to voter signatures for her nomination petitions for United States Senate while she was out of the country. On May 27, 2015, Bosworth was convicted on all twelve counts by a unanimous jury.
The case was investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.