A 50-year-old Johnson Lane man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for his third felony conviction of driving under the influence.
Jay Finders was arrested Oct. 13, 2012, at Highway 395 and Mica Drive with an alcohol content of .144, nearly two times the legal limit of .08 for driving.
He has two prior felony DUI convictions, the most recent in September 2007.
As a consequence, every subsequent DUI conviction is a felony with mandatory prison.
Finders’ lawyer, Joel Barber of Reno, asked District Judge Michael Gibbons to sentence Finders to six years in prison instead of 10.
“This is a victimless crime,” Barber said. “Jay Finders is an alcoholic. This is a problem that only he can address. I would ask the court to recognize that he’s been there two times before. I ask for a six-year sentence. Let him come out and start fresh.”
“I need to apologize to the public and my fellow Nevadans,” Finders said. “I know my behavior is ridiculous and unacceptable. I am sorry for endangering the public.”
“The good thing is that you do well under supervision and with direction,” Gibbons said. “Somehow, when you are not supervised, you lose control.”
“You can never have that first drink,” Gibbons said.
The judge said he would recommend that when Finders is released from prison, he be ordered to have a device attached to his vehicle which tests him for alcohol before he can drive.
He sentenced Finders to a minimum of 26 months and fined him $2,000.
“I hope I never see you again,” Gibbons said. “Just don’t drink, you’re a really good person.”