A Beatrice man was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for his fourth driving under the influence conviction.
Michael D. Louis, 32, was sentenced on three charges in Gage County District Court by Judge Rick Schreiner.
Louis was sentenced to two years for driving with a revoked license, one year for third-degree assault and three years for fourth offense DUI.
The DUI and driving while revoked sentences will be served consecutively – totaling five years – while the assault sentence will run concurrent to the other two.
The DUI conviction also comes with 18 months of post release supervision following his release and a 15-year license revocation.
Additional charges of driving without an interlock device, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and a second driving while revoked charge were previously dismissed as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
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Schreiner said Louis has a criminal history dating back two decades, which factored into his decision to not grant a probation sentence as requested.
“You have nearly a 20-year criminal and juvenile history,” Schreiner said. “The juvenile court is designed to solve problems before they turn into adult problems, and it didn’t help for you. You started your criminal history in 2003 and have a long history of substance abuse violations.
According to arrest documents, on April 23 a Gage County deputy was investigating a report of traffic from a motor vehicle home at Big Indian Lake.
The motor home was observed to be moving and when a deputy approached, Louis was seen filling it with water. Louis told deputies he had a pipe and some marijuana inside the vehicle.
A record check revealed Louis had a suspended license from a third offense DUI conviction.
Authorities found .2 grams of marijuana, along with multiple pipes and baggies in the vehicle. Another 3.7 grams of loose marijuana were found in a trailer behind the motor home.