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Harrold Woman Sentenced in Election Law Violations Case


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :   Tuesday, November 18, 2015
CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605)773-3215   

Harrold Women Sentenced in Election Law Violations Case

PIERRE, S.D –   Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Janice Howe, Harrold, 54, was sentenced yesterday to 4 years with 4 suspended in the state penitentiary for  perjury. In addition, Howe was given 4 years of probation.

Charges stemmed from the circulation and attempted filing of petition sheets on a petition to amend the Constitution.  Howe was charged by Complaint on January 31, 2002. The charges alleged that Howe verified under oath that she had personally witnessed signatures on the petition sheets when she had not. Howe was arrested in July 2015 on an arrest warrant issued after the filing of the complaint. Two other individuals were charged with similar offenses relating to the same petition. Their cases have been resolved through the judicial system.
The case was investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.