PLATTE CITY, Mo.—A Kansas man with eight drunken driving convictions has been sentenced to 15 years in a Missouri prison under a law that allows longer sentences for chronic offenders.
Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd says 51-year-old Ricky Stroble of Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced Thursday for driving drunk in June 2010 on Interstate 635 in Platte County.
Stroble pleaded guilty in March 2011 but failed to show up for sentencing on what was his seventh drunken driving conviction. In February he was arrested in Johnson County, Kan., for driving while intoxicated again, and was later convicted.
Zahnd says Kansas law has a one-year cap on prison sentences for drunken driving. Missouri lawmakers passed the stiffer penalties in August 2010 because of the danger repeat drunken drivers pose to the public.