Drivers earn jail for 7th DUIs


March 5, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Two Allen Countians — each of whom has been convicted seven times for driving while intoxicated — were given one-year jail sentences Monday.
The sentences were handed down by Allen County District Judge Daniel Creitz.
Scott E. Manbeck, Humboldt, will be eligible after nine months for probation, where he’ll also be eligible for work release, Creitz ruled. He was fined $2,500 plus other court costs.
Martin D. Bennett, Iola, also convicted of his seventh DUI, will be eligible after serving five months for work release, if his job qualifies, County Attorney Jerry Hathaway explained.
“Because he works out of town, he may not qualify,” Hathaway said.
The one-year jail sentence is the maximum allowed by Kansas law.
In other court cases Monday:
Iolan James W. Shaw Jr., pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated. If convicted, it would be his fourth or subsequent offense. Creitz scheduled a jury trial for July 8 and 9.
Douglas J. Brassart, Pittsburg, convicted of burglary, was sentenced to 27 months in prison. Kansas sentencing guidelines normally would call for probation in this case, but the defendant opted for the prison sentence instead.
Randall C. Fischer, Iola, entered a guilty plea for his third driving while intoxicated conviction. Creitz ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for May 3.
Aaron B. Elbrader, LaHarpe, convicted of possessing methamphetamine, was sentenced to 11 months in prison. That sentence was suspended for 12 months probation.
Aaron C. Hutton, Iola, convicted of attempted battery of a law enforcement officer, was sentenced to 10 months in prison, with that sentence suspended for 12 months probation.
Debra M. Clark, Iola, was sentenced to 11 months in prison for possessing methamphetamine. The sentence was suspended for 12 months probation.
Jack D. Knoblock, Yates Center, convicted of his fourth or subsequent DUI, was sentenced to 12 months in jail,  with all but 90 days suspended.
Franklin D. Evans, Iola, pleaded guilty to his third driving while intoxicated conviction. Creitz scheduled sentencing for Evans on May 3.