A 52-year-old Stateline man who celebrated his birthday by getting drunk was sentenced Monday to seven years in Nevada state prison for his second felony drunk driving conviction.
District Judge Michael Gibbons told Mickey W. Bagley he must serve a minimum of two years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
Because of Bagley’s prior felony conviction, he did not qualify for probation or a diversion program.
“I don’t even know what happened on my birthday,” Bagley said. “I was supposed to be at a barbecue at my sister’s house. It was supposed to be a perfect day. Instead, it turned into a nightmare.”
Bagley faced up to 15 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
He was arrested following an accident on Kingsbury Grade on May 27.
Bagley was sentenced in 2006 for a prior felony DUI in Lyon County.
“The answer is simple,” Gibbons said. “You’re an alcoholic, and when you’re drinking you are out of control. The reason you don’t remember what happened is because your alcohol content was .241. That’s three times the legal limit. You are lucky nobody was injured or killed.”
Gibbons advised Bagley if there is a third felony conviction, he would get the maximum.
Prosecutor Derrick Lopez said Bagley had family support, and a job waiting for him when he gets out of prison.
Bagley said following the Lyon County conviction, he was sober for five years, but fell back into bad habits.
He said he stopped attending 12-step meetings and church, and started drinking.
“I’ve got to do what I did before, and find friends in AA and start going to church,” Bagley said.
Gibbons gave him credit for 134 days in custody. His driver’s license is revoked for three years.