Felony DUI earns prison sentence | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Felony DUI earns prison sentence

by Sheila Gardner
Douglas County Sheriff's OfficeShawn Hudler

MINDEN, Nev. – A 25-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was sentenced Monday to three years in Nevada State Prison for felony driving under the influence after he was dropped from a diversion program for committing additional crimes.

District Judge Michael Gibbons told Shawn Hudler he may be eligible for parole in 12 months. He gave him credit for 140 days in custody.

Hudler was arrested July 4, 2009, and convicted of his third driving under the influence offense in three years.

He was admitted to the DUI diversion program, but was arrested Oct. 25, 2010, and accused of committing two burglaries and a petty theft while in the program which lasts up to three years.

He was sentenced to two years in prison in California on the new offenses, and released after one year to be returned to Douglas County where he was held in custody.

“I’ve gone through a lot in the last few years. I’ve changed a lot. I am prepared to move forward,” Hudler said.

The defendant said his family in Colorado was ready to support his move to that state.

“Unfortunately, you didn’t make the decision to change when you were offered the opportunity through DUI court,” Gibbons said. “The state has asked for substantially more time because you committed another crime on the diversion program.”

Prosecutor Laurie Trotter asked that Hudler serve four years in prison.

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