PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate convicted Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg in an impeachment trial Tuesday over fatally striking a pedestrian with his car nearly two years ago.

The vote to convict Ravnsborg, which triggered his immediate removal from office, came after hours of testimony, questioning and closing arguments for his role in the death of Joe Boever in September 2020.

Immediately following the crash, Ravnsborg told a 911 dispatcher he wasn’t sure what his vehicle had hit, believing it might have been a deer. It wasn’t until the next morning that Ravnsborg said he returned and found Boever’s body.

The group of lawmakers needed a two-thirds majority vote or more for each of the two separate impeachment articles, including crimes causing death and malfeasance in office, which were passed by the South Dakota House of Representatives earlier this year.

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