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State Rep. Youngblood sentenced to one day in jail, probation for DWI

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - State Rep. Monica Youngblood will serve one day in jail and a year of supervised probation for an aggravated DWI.

"There's not a morning that I don't wake up and regret the unfortunate events of that evening," she said after Wednesday's sentencing.

She was found guilty of the misdemeanor by a judge last week in a bench trial that featured the now infamous video of her May arrest at at a DWI checkpoint on Paseo del Norte.

She failed her field sobriety tests then refused to take a breathalyzer, which means an automatic aggravated DWI charge.

Metro Court Judge Kevin Fitzwater on Wednesday gave her a break.

"I am also required by law to give you credit for time served for any previous time she's already served, and any part of a day counts as a day," Fitzwater said. "So she has served one day and there is one more day remaining to be served in the Metropolitan Detention Center."

But the judge giving her a whole day's credit for previous time served isn't written anywhere in the state law listing the punishment for a first offense aggravated DWI.

In fact, it states that "... the offender shall be sentenced to not less than forty-eight consecutive hours in jail."

"I don't like the idea of judges ignoring the law," Linda Atkinson with the DWI Resource Center said.

She added that the lesser sentences take away from the overall goal of the sanctions, which is to make people think twice before driving drunk.

"I would even like to see the prosecutor ask for a motion to reconsider and actually impose the sanction that's there by law," Atkinson said.

News 13 asked the court for a comment on the sentence, but were told the judge's office would not respond because Youngblood still has the option to appeal the conviction.

Youngblood has up to 15 days to appeal the decision or turn herself in to start her one-day sentence at MDC.

Youngblood is also ordered to 24 hours of community service and drive with an ignition interlock in her vehicle for one year.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General has raised concerns that Youngblood tried to use her position of power to influence the police the night of her arrest, reminding them that she's a state rep who always had police officers' backs.

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