Prison time for repeat DWI driver

James E. Steele

A repeat drunk driving offender from northeast Missouri has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars.

Adair County Prosecutor Matt Wilson says James E. Steele, 37, of Kirksville, will spend the time behind bars in the Missouri Department of Corrections after a Lewis County jury found him guilty last month of driving while intoxicated.

During the sentencing hearing, Wilson argued that this was Steele's fifth DWI conviction and that he has had several chances to address his drinking problem, but has refused to do so.

Steele is also awaiting trial on another DWI charge. That trial is set for February of next year.

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