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Repeat DUI offenders would face more jail time under House bill

Feb 28, 2012 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Repeat drunken drivers would face more time in prison under a proposal gaining support at the state Capitol.

People convicted of drunken driving for the fourth time in 10 years -- in Wyoming or elsewhere -- would be sentenced to up to seven years in prisons. They would also face a $10,000 fine.

Wyoming House Bill 88 is set to be considered by the full Wyoming Senate after getting the backing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

It's already passed the House.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Sam Krone, a Republican from Cody, who says the bill is about more than simply harsher punishment for repeaters.

Part of Krone's bill has a provision to to create a longer probationary period so multiple drunk-driving offenders could get treatment.

Last year, 28 people in Wyoming were sentenced for driving under the influence at least four times.

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