RENVILLE — A Renville man was sentenced to prison this week after being convicted of first-degree driving while impaired.
Kenneth Dean Feldman, 70, was sentenced Monday in Renville County District Court to 36 months in prison, with credit for nearly nine months already served in jail. Under state law, he will serve at least two-thirds of his sentence in custody and may serve the remainder on supervised release.
The court set a probation period of five years.
It was his fourth DWI conviction in 10 years and his second felony conviction.
A gross misdemeanor charge of driving after cancellation-inimical to public safety and a misdemeanor open bottle charge were dismissed at the sentencing hearing.
The sentence was shorter than that suggested by state sentencing guidelines. In a document explaining the shorter sentence, the court listed Feldman’s previous attempts at treatment and sobriety, his remorse and the increased possibility of health problems in prison due to his age.
According to court records, in May 2019 a Renville County sheriff’s deputy pulled over Feldman’s car for a taillight that was not working. When the deputy explained the reason for the traffic stop, he saw that Feldman’s eyes were bloodshot and he was slurring his speech. He also learned there was a warrant for Feldman’s arrest and his driver’s license was canceled.
When he got out of the car, the deputy saw that he had poor balance and trouble walking. He performed poorly in field sobriety tests. A breath test later indicated a blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent. The legal limit is 0.08.
The deputy found open containers of alcoholic beverages in the center console and empty beer cans and liquor bottles inside the car.