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      Kirksville man convicted of fifth DWI

      James Steele Jr., 37

      A Kirksville man has been deemed a DWI-chronic offender following his fifth DWI conviction.

      A Lewis County jury found James Steele Jr., 37, guilty of Driving While Intoxicated, a class B Felony, on September 20.

      Steele was arrested by the Missouri State Patrol on September 1, 2012 for driving while license revoked and driving while intoxicated.

      The Adair County case was moved to Lewis County upon Steele??s request for a change of venue.

      Steele will appear for sentencing in Lewis County on November 6.

      In addition to the DWI convictions, Steele has two previous felony convictions, which qualifies him as a persistent offender according to Adair County Prosecutor Matt Wilson.

      He faces a minimum 10 year sentence and a maximum of life in prison due.

      Under Missouri law, Steele will not be eligible for parole release until he has served a minimum two year sentence.

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