- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Harrold woman who lived for more than a decade with an outstanding arrest warrant has pleaded guilty to a felony for violating election law.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday that 54-year-old Janice Howe is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

Jackley says Howe was arrested in July on an outstanding warrant, which was issued after she was charged in 2002. A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office didn’t immediately provide more details of the arrest.

Court documents allege Howe in 1999 forged signatures on petitions for a constitutional amendment and lied about personally witnessing people sign the petitions.

Authorities say organizers paid for each signature gathered.

Howe’s guilty plea is for a single felony count of perjury. Howe’s attorney didn’t answer a phone call seeking comment.


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