Two men sent to prison for DUI

Three men faced sentencing in Custer County District Court last week in separate drinking and driving cases, and two of the three received time in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. Kyle D. McLaughlin, 56 of Broken Bow, was sentenced by Judge Karin Noakes to 12-15 months in prison. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence-4th offense, a Class III felony. Before being sentenced, McLaughlin addressed the court apologizing for his behavior and recent actions. McLaughlin’s drivers license was also suspended for a period of 15 years. He received credit for 44 days served in county jail, and will be eligible for parole in six months minus 44 days. Dale D Dunkel, 53 of Evanston, Wyo., was also sentenced by Judge Noakes to 12-15 months in prison. Dunkel was charged with Driving Under the Influence-3rd offense, aggravated, a Class IIIA felony. Like McLaughlin, Dunkel’s drivers license was also revoked for 15 years. Scott D. Horine of Grand Island, appeared for sentencing on an amended charge of Driving Under the Influence-2nd offense aggravated, a Class I misdemeanor. Horine’s attorney informed the court that he has completed an in-patient treatment program and continues to attend meetings six to seven times a week. Horine told the court he is committed to remaining sober and Judge Noakes commended him for his progress. Because state statute requires a mandatory minimum jail sentence for the charge, Horine was given 90 days in county jail with credit for 20 days previously served. He was authorized to serve his sentence in Hall County so he can maintain his employment there. His drivers license was suspended for one year, and he was ordered to pay a $500 fine. Other criminal cases on the March 24 court docket included: • Abby M. Wiedman-Scott, 22 of Sargent, was sentenced to 18 months probation for a Class I misdemeanor, compounding a felony. • Nathan D. Slagle, 21, requested a continuance pending a polygraph test. Slagle is charged with theft, a Class III felony. The case was continued to April 21. • Isadore Chavez, 33 of Grand Island, appeared on two counts of failure to appear. A bench warrant had been issued for Chavez Feb. 10, 2011, when he failed to appear for a hearing in Custer County on an order to show cause of non-payment of child support. Chavez was granted a $1,000 PR bond and was ordered to check in with the court through his attorney weekly until his next hearing April 21.