- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - A judge has sentenced a southwestern Ohio man to eight years in state prison for his 20th drunken driving conviction.

Fifty-six-year-old George Tribune of Wilmington was sentenced Thursday in Warren County Common Pleas Court. He also lost his driver’s license for life.

His latest traffic stop was in July on Interstate 71 by a state trooper who suspected he was drunk. His blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

Tribune’s first conviction was in 1979. He’s served jail time and had his license suspended before, but had a valid license when he was stopped.

Tribune’s attorney, Stephan Madden, says he was surprised at the length of the sentence. He acknowledged that Tribune was an alcoholic but noted that he’d never had an accident or hurt anyone.

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