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8:25am — Cruces Man Finally Sentenced for 11th DWI

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 34-year-old showed up drunk for original sentencing date last month.

Anthony Sierra, 34, of Las Cruces, was sentenced Tuesday to three years, six months in prison — the maximum sentence — for his 11th drunken-driving conviction, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

The last time he was in court was on Jan. 11, his original sentencing date, but showed up drunk and was given a 40-day sentence at the Dona Ana County Detention Center for contempt of court, the Sun-News reported.

Sierra's new sentence will begin Thursday when his 40-day jail sentence expires, the paper said.

State District Judge Mike Murphy also imposed a $10,000 fine and ordered Sierra to spend five years on probation, the Sun-News reported.

"This is a very interesting case from where I sit, tragic from where your wife and children sit, and I can't imagine what it's like where you stand," Murphy told Sierra.

Sierra's first DWI arrest was in 1993 and his latest conviction arose from a March 7, 2006 arrest in Las Cruces, District Attorney Susana Martinez told the Sun-News.

Martinez said Sierra told authorities he had been drinking at his grandfather's 100th birthday party prior to his original sentencing date on Jan. 11, the Sun-News said.