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Sheriff Wall's DWAI sentencing postponed

— Sentencing for Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall, who was found guilty of driving while ability impaired by a jury in July, was postponed Thursday in Routt County Court.

Wall was unable to attend Thursday's sentencing hearing, as he is out of state to attend a family member's funeral. His sentencing has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 15.

On July 16, a six-member jury found Wall guilty of driving while ability impaired, failure to dim his headlights and prohibited use of a weapon, after a three-day trial in Routt County Court.

DWAI is a lesser charge than driving under the influence of alcohol, a charge Wall faced after an incident Oct. 27, 2007, when a Colorado State Patrol trooper pulled Wall over at U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road for failure to dim his headlights. Wall was charged with that traffic violation, DUI and the weapons violation, as it is against the law to be in possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

For the DWAI conviction, Wall faces maximum penalties of up to 180 day imprisonment, a fine of up to $500 and as many as 48 hours of community service. Failure to dim, a traffic misdemeanor, carries a maximum fine of up to $100.

The prohibited use of a weapon conviction is a Class 2 misdemeanor and carries maximum penalties of 18 months imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, or both.

Wall's sentence was not handed down at the conclusion of his trial because Senior Judge Cecil Wayne Williams wanted Wall to undergo an alcohol evaluation before sentencing.


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