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South Dakota's attorney general will take a plea deal to avoid trial

A trial on three misdemeanor charges has been slated to commence on Thursday, Aug. 25 in Fort Pierre. Media reports say Jason Ravnsborg will now take a plea deal.

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South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg
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FORT PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota's attorney general is expected to stave off a two-day trial by accepting a plea deal offered by prosecutors to three misdemeanors for unsafe driving the night he struck and killed a pedestrian last fall.

"I can only confirm that the trial to the court will not be proceeding and a plea deal will be entered at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning," wrote Michael Moore, Beadle County State's Attorney, in an email this afternoon to Forum News Service.

Earlier in the day, Vanity Fair first reported sources close to Jason Ravnsborg, the Republican AG, say that his attorney will file the plea with 6th Judicial Circuit Judge John Brown on Thursday, Aug. 26, at the beginning of what was supposed to be a two-day trial in Fort Pierre. The Associated Press later confirmed the story.

Neither Timothy Rensch, Ravnsborg's attorney, nor Emily Sovell, the assistant state's attorney with Sully County, who is prosecuting the AG, have confirmed news of a plea deal with FNS.

Moore told FNS that "details of any agreement" will be released Thursday morning.

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This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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