LEAVENWORTH,KS (KCTV) - A Wyandotte County man served just 72 hours in jail after being busted for his 10th driving-while-intoxicated charge.
Lloyd Henson, 57, of Kansas City, KS, has been convicted of five DUIs in the past 10 years. His vehicle license has been suspended since 2006 and he had no vehicle insurance.
A Lansing police officer arrested Henson on Sept. 29, 2011, after a resident saw Henson driving in the oncoming lane of traffic. Henson failed the sobriety testing and had an open container of alcohol in his cup holder.
Henson was found guilty on Friday of driving while intoxicated while suspended and no proof of insurance. Henson has a criminal history for offenses that aren’t traffic related. He served his 72 hours over the weekend and is now back at home.
Leavenworth County Prosecutor Todd Thompson asked that Henson serve 12 months in jail, which would have been the maximum sentence possible.
District Court Judge Gunnar Sundby ordered jail time and granted Henson’s request for house arrest. Sundby ordered a 60-day sentence for failure to have a valid license be served suspended the 60 days in jail sentence for failure to have a valid license.
Thompson said state law requires 90 days for incidents like that.
Sundby’s ruling means Henson served just 72 hours in jail, which is mandatory. He is now serving five months and about 27 days in house arrest. Henson will have monitoring during his house arrest.
Sundby’s office staff said he is out of the office this week and unavailable for comment.
In addition to his Leavenworth County conviction, Henson has five convictions in Johnson County in Kansas, three in Jackson County in Missouri and one in Clay County in Missouri.
Missouri beefed up its enforcement of repeat DUI offenders in 2011. Anyone convicted of a third DUI must face a state court judge rather than a municipal judge.
Lori Marshall of Mothers Against Drunk Driving said light DUI sentences is too often a problem especially in Leavenworth County.
“It is frightening the message that is being sent that it’s OK to drink and drive,” Marshall said. “It’s a frightening mindset that it’s a victimless crime unless they are hurt and killed. When someone has 10 convictions, you almost look at them as a ticking time bomb. It’s going to continue.”
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