By Molly Messick
Gillette, Wy – The 36- to 40-year sentence given to a Wamsutter man last week is grabbing some attention. 42-year old Maurice Noller was a four time offender of Wyoming's driving under the influence law. He was sentenced for aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of DUI causing serious bodily injury , the maximum penalty allowed in the state. Casper District Attorney Mike Blonigen says it may be the longest such sentence ever imposed in Wyoming. Byron Oedekoven is the executive director of the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police and serves on the Governor's Council on Impaired Driving. He says this kind of sentence makes a statement.
"The judiciary is sending a message through this that DUI resulting in a death after you've had multiple DUIs is a very serious offense and will be dealt with seriously."
Oedekoven says the state can't arrest or sentence its way out of the DUI problem, and says it's important that Wyoming figure out how to reduce repeat offenses.