A Stewartville man who pleaded guilty to felony DWI charge and two gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation charges in Mower County District Court stemming from incidents that took place in December of 2019 and March of 2020 has been sentenced to supervised probation and jail time.
36-year old Mark Anthony Sanford was convicted and sentenced Thursday to one year of supervised probation and one year in jail for a gross misdemeanor charge of driving after cancellation, inimical to public safety. The 1-year jail sentence was stayed for a year if Sanford adheres to the conditions of his probation, and a misdemeanor open bottle charge and petty misdemeanor charges for speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia in the case were dismissed, and Sanford first pleaded guilty to the charge in May of 2020 after being arrested after a traffic stop on December 16, 2019.
Sanford was also sentenced Thursday to five years of supervised probation, 139 days in jail and 40 hours in the sentence to service program for a felony charge of DWI, operating a motor vehicle with any amount of Schedule I or II drugs, not marijuana stemming from a traffic stop on March 12th, 2020. A 36-month prison sentence was stayed for five years if Sanford complies with the terms of his probation, and he was given credit for 139 days already served. Judge Jeffery Kritzer also determined that Sanford must serve 150 days of electronic home monitoring for alcohol use in 30-day increments starting in November of this year, and continuing in November each year until 2025.
Sanford pleaded guilty to the felony DWI charge on October 8th, 2020, and he was convicted the same day.