Eau Claire (WQOW) – An Eau Claire man was sentenced to the minimum penalty for his 16th OWI. Bradley Armstrong, 63, was arrested in August after nearly crashing into a home on Eau Claire’s south side.
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On Friday morning, Judge John Manydeeds sentenced him to four years in prison and three years of extended supervision. The maximum penalty in Wisconsin is 15 years in prison.
Armstrong’s attorney suggested the court increase supervision time and run the prison sentence concurrently to one he’s already serving. She argued since his last OWI, Armstrong has attended AA meetings, bible study and completed the county’s Stop and Think program.
Manydeeds denied that request.
During the sentencing, Manydeeds said he had to consider the public’s safety. He said Armstrong is lucky he didn’t injure himself, others, or even kill someone while behind the wheel.
Armstrong’s seven-year sentence will immediately follow the three-year sentence he’s serving for crimes committed in Barron County. Once released, Armstrong must maintain absolute sobriety, and continue counseling and other treatment programs.
Armstrong’s first OWI was in 1989