NORWICH – Judge W. Howard Sullivan had a full docket and a full house on Monday in Chenango County Court. In addition to the high-profile sentencing of Lewis J. Lee, Sullivan accepted guilty pleas and handed out sentences to two other defendants.
Kent Hoyt Jr. pleaded guilty to driving with a blood alcohol content higher than the legal level. The defendant was pulled over on Jan. 22 in New Berlin, and was found to have a blood alcohol level greater than .08 percent. District Attorney Joseph McBride pointed out that this was not the fist offense for Hoyt, who was in the Town of Columbus Court on a similar charge. McBride said the defendant had a long history of driving while intoxicated.
“Sir, you need to stop drinking and driving, especially stop driving,” McBride said.
Sullivan agreed with the D.A. He sentenced Hoyt to a New York State correctional facility for 1 to 3 years.
Sullivan said that 80 percent of people in the local jails who go on to state prison do so because of drugs and alcohol.
“Stop, or you will spend more time in prison,” he said.
Hoyt will be required to pay a fine of $1,000. His license will be revoked for a period of one year and he has been ordered to attend a treatment program.
Heather Lindgren had also been ordered to attend a treatment program as a term of her probation. Lindgren appeared in court on Monday for violating those terms...