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Ponsford man gets 79 months for 'tale of tragedy' DWI

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A Ponsford man was sentenced to 79 months in prison for his 12th DWI conviction.

"This is a tale of tragedy," Judge Robert Tiffany told William Lawrence Butcher, 48.


"Thankfully you did not kill yourself or your passenger on the roadways."

Tiffany reminded Butcher that DWI laws were passed to avoid "mayhem" on public roads, and told Butcher his driving history indicated a "total disregard" for those statutes.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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