MINDEN WOMAN SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS IN PRISON/TREATMENT FOR FOURTH DWI
A Minden woman was sentenced Monday to two years in prison and three years of supervised release with conditions of treatment for driving while intoxicated.
Kathleen Larsen Coker, 51, who was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote, was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.
According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Coker drove a truck into a security bollard outside the East Gate of Barksdale Air Force Base at 5:10 a.m. Nov. 18, 2012. Her blood alcohol concentration limit registered at .168 when measured at 7:27 a.m. The legal limit at Barksdale is .08.
The defendant had three prior convictions for driving while intoxicated in the last 10 years. The first was on Nov. 16, 2005, in Minden City Court; the second on March 27, 2007, in 26th Judicial Court in Webster Parish; and the third on April 7, 2010 in 2nd Judicial Court in Claiborne Parish.
Coker pleaded guilty on March 11.
The Inquisitor spoke with Coker’s attorney, Eric Johnson, on his comments on the sentencing.
“I believe the court wanted to send a clear message that if you drink and drive on Barksdale Air Force base, you will go to prison.”
“That being said each case and each defendant are different. I believe the sentencing judge believed it was in the interest of justice to provide the defendant with the opportunity to obtain treatment for the her problem of alcohol rather than have her stay in jail for a longer period of time.”