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Men sentenced in Franklin County for drunken driving

September 25, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two men with 13 drunken driving convictions between them were sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to serve one to five years in state prison.

Anthony Wayne Benner, 47, of 302 S. Locust St. in Hagerstown, was sentenced by Judge Carol Van Horn for driving under the influence. His previous seven convictions were in Maryland, Public Defender Michael Toms said.

Benner was charged with driving under the influence in December 2007 by the Washington Township Police Department. His blood-alcohol level was 0.168 percent, more than twice the legal limit for intoxication, according to court records.

Benner told Van Horn he had been released from his last Maryland sentence for driving while intoxicated in October 2007.

Michael Lynn McNew, 42, of 6601 Wayne Ave., Chambersburg, also was sentenced by Van Horn. He was charged by Pennsylvania State Police on Dec. 29, 2007, according to court records. When approached by the trooper, McNew said, "You got me," the affidavit of probable cause stated.

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McNew's blood-alcohol level was 0.209 percent, police said. McNew had four previous convictions for driving under the influence, Assistant Public Defender Ian Brink said.

Both men were fined $2,500.

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