BANGOR (AP) – A repeat offender who was drunk when he drove his car into a house in Stetson last fall was sentenced to four years in prison.

Prosecutors asked for a harsh sentence for Rodney Barnett, 29, of Stetson, because of his driving record, which included four prior convictions for drunken driving and five convictions for operating after revocation over the past eight years.

Barnett’s blood alcohol content was 0.13 percent at the time of the crash. The legal limit for driving in Maine is 0.08 percent, prosecutors said.

Barnett was sentenced in Penobscot County Superior Court under an agreement in which he pleaded no contest. He also was ordered to pay $3,100 in fines and $20,000 in restitution to Nancy Langley for damage to her home.

Langley’s home was knocked off its foundation, and she had no insurance. “I’m living in my 22-by-24-foot garage,” she said, fighting back tears. “I put in plumbing, but I can’t do anything more until he repays me.”


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