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February 7, 2014

When four equals two

An Appanoose County man with a history of being accused of driving while under the influence was sentenced Jan. 31 after accepting a plea deal to a reduced charge in his fourth drunken driving case since 2001.

Dale Lee Schwering, 55, of Centerville, charged with operating while under the influence, third offense, entered a negotiated, voluntary guilty plea on Dec. 24, 2013 to the reduced charge of operating while under the influence, second offense. And on Friday, Jan. 31 in the Appanoose County Courthouse, Judge Rose Anne Mefford sentenced Schwering to a fine, two years in state prison, suspended 723 of those days and seven days in jail.

A second charge of driving while license was denied or revoked, a serious misdemeanor, was dismissed by the court on Friday, Jan. 31.

Schwering was charged for both offenses on Oct. 28, 2012. Schwering owes $2,641.25.

On March 15, 2013 Judge Kirk A. Daily sentenced Schwering to two years in state prison, suspended 723 days of prison, seven days in jail, two years low risk probation and fine for the reduced charge of operating while under the influence, second offense. Schwering was originally charged with operating a vehicle with intent OWI, third offense, a class D felony with an offense date of Feb. 20, 2012.

Schwering filed a petition to plead guilty to the reduced aggravated misdemeanor charge on Jan. 16, 2013.

Schwering was fined $2,905.38 and he paid the full amount.

On Nov. 4, 2005 Judge Daily sentenced Schwering to two years in state prison, suspended all but seven days and a fine after he was found guilty of operating a vehicle with intent OWI second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor with an offense date of June 18, 2005.

Schwering filed a written plea of guilt to the charge on Nov. 4, 2005.

Schwering was fined $2,219 and he paid the full amount.

On July 27, 2001, Judge Daily sentenced Schwering to two days in jail and a fine after he was found guilty of operating a vehicle with intent OWI first offense, a serious misdemeanor with an offense date of Dec. 6, 2000.

Schwering was ordered to pay $3,923.75. He still owes $2,293.75.

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