Medford man sentenced after his 11th DWI arrest

(AP) - A Long Island man was awaitingsentencing for his tenth drunken driving incident when he wasarrested an eleventh time, authorities said. Joseph Leon, 51, of Medford, already had 10 drunken drivingarrests

News 12 Staff

Jul 20, 2007, 9:30 PM

Updated 6,207 days ago

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(AP) - A Long Island man was awaitingsentencing for his tenth drunken driving incident when he wasarrested an eleventh time, authorities said.
Joseph Leon, 51, of Medford, already had 10 drunken drivingarrests when he pleaded guilty in January to DWI charges. Two weekslater, while waiting to be sentenced, he was pulled over again.
He was sentenced Thursday to serve one and one-third to fouryears in prison for both incidents.
Prosecutors said his license has been suspended 36 times.
Prosecutors wanted a sentence of up to 13 years, but ActingState Supreme Court Justice Michael Mullen imposed the shorterterm, telling Leon: "Look at what you've done to yourself."
Leon told the court that drinking has cost him his livelihoodand his family.
"I'm so stupid. I can't impress upon you how much I feelashamed," Leon said, adding that he is considering "living undera bridge" when he finishes his sentence.
Denna Cohen, president of the Long Island Chapter of MothersAgainst Drunk Driving, attended the sentencing and called Leon "amurder waiting to happen."


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