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8th DWI conviction lands Leland man 11.5 years behind bars

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Leland man will spend about a decade behind bars after being convicted for DWI for the eighth time.

A judge sentenced Wilbur Brown of Leland this morning to nine to 11.5 years in prison after Brown was convicted of habitual impaired driving and sentenced as a habitual felon.

Prosecutors say Leland Police stopped Brown November 11, 2011, for suspicion of DWI. They say Brown failed a field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10. Brown had gotten out of prison eight months earlier after completing a sentence for a previous habitual impaired driving conviction.

The District Attorney's Office presented Brown for habitual felon prosecution to the grand jury upon learning of his previous felony and seven misdemeanor DWI convictions, as well as convictions for felony drug and property crimes. The availability of enhanced penalties under the North Carolina Habitual Felon Act allowed the State of North Carolina to pursue a sentence greater than the maximum two year term that would ordinarily apply.

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