Anchorage man sentenced after 12th drunk driving conviction

Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was sentenced to 26 years in prison Tuesday on assault, reckless endangerment and felony drunk driving after his 12th driving while intoxicated conviction.

Steven Powell, 39, was charged after a three-car crash in Anchorage in January 1999. Four people were hurt, including two seriously.

Powell was found guilty of two first-degree assault charges, reckless endangerment and felony drunken driving. The sentence included time suspended from a previous third-degree assault conviction.

A state Department of Public Safety records keeper testified that Powell was one of the worst DWI offenders in the last 10 years.

Assistant District Attorney Jay Fayette said Powell averaged 88 days between an arrest and a release from jail over the last two decades.

Superior Court Judge Milton Souter said Powell is unlikely to be rehabilitated, but he turned down Fayette's suggestion to restrict Powell from probation. Souter said he would leave that decision to the parole board.



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