Kevin George Welnel was sentenced in District Court on April 3 for driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fourth or subsequent offense, a felony.
Welnel’s record features three prior DUIs including one that involved a fatality.
District Judge Katherine Bidegaray sentenced Welnel to the Department of Corrections for placement in a residential alcohol treatment program for 13 months. If he successfully completes the program in fewer than 13 months, the remainder will be served on probation.
Welnel was also committed to the Department of Corrections for a term of not more than four years, with all four years suspended. The two sentences run consecutively.
He was fined $1,000.
Reasons that Bidegaray provided for the sentence include: alcohol offenses pose a risk to the community, the defendant has three prior DUIs including one that involved a fatality, he admits to having problems with alcohol, he could benefit from inpatient treatment; and he accepted responsibility by entering into a plea agreement.
Special conditions that Welnel must follow include: obtaining a chemical dependency evaluation and a mental health evaluation by state-approved evaluators, completing a behavioral modification program, completing community service, submitting to random drug or alcohol testing and completing the Seventh Judicial District DUI Court.