MINDEN, Nev. (AP) - A Gardnerville man has been sentenced for a
third felony drunken driving conviction.
Douglas County District Judge Dave Gamble handed down an eight-year sentence Tuesday to 48-year-old John Longden, who will be eligible for parole in two years.
His lawyer estimated that Longden has been arrested at least 20 times for driving under the influence. He earlier served two prison terms for drunken driving.
Longden, who also was fined $3,000, told the judge that he had made up his mind to quit drinking.
"I want to live the rest of my life clean and sober," Longden said.
But Gamble didn't buy it.
"That's pure nonsense," the judge said. "If you could make up your mind, you would have done it a long, long time ago. You could have done it back in 1981."
Gamble told Longden if he didn't quit drinking, he would die.
"Some people have no power over alcohol," Gamble said. "`Earth to John,' you're one of them."
In April, Longden was observed walking out of a Gardnerville grocery store without paying for an 18-pack of beer and other items.
He returned to the store to pay for the merchandise, but was arrested after being spotted drinking a beer as he sped away.
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