- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say a Schenectady man who recently pleaded guilty in a felony drunk driving case is the first conviction under New York state’s “Vince’s Law” enacted last year.

The Times Union of Albany reports (http://bit.ly/1JnV1zu ) 32-year-old Shawn Gusswiller had four prior DWI-related convictions when he was arrested in June for driving the wrong way down a one-way street in Saratoga Springs.

Vince’s Law, signed in August 2014, raises penalty levels for offenders who commit three or more DWI-related offenses within 15 years.

The law is named for Vince Russo, who was killed in 2011 when he was struck head-on by a drunk driver with four previous DWI convictions.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 5. Gusswiller is expected to receive jail time and possibly a lifetime suspension of his driver’s license.

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Information from: Times Union, http://www.timesunion.com

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