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Sheffield woman avoids felony drunk driving conviction in plea deal


This news story was published on July 31, 2017.
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MASON CITY – A Sheffield woman is behind bars after she faced a felony drunk driving charge – but instead took a plea deal.

Records show 34-year-old Amy Marie Dahl of Sheffield was charged by the Cerro Gordo county sheriff’s office with felony third-offense drunk driving after an incident on September 27, 2016. She was jailed and quickly posted $5,000 surety bond to be released.

Dahl was then appointed a public defender and entered a not-guilty plea. Months later, however, she and her public defender changed their tune once a plea deal was worked out to only second-offense operating while intoxicated. She was sentenced to 365 days in jail with all but 30 suspended. The judge, Karen Salic even extended the time before she would need to report to jail for at least another month. Dahl was also stripped of her driver’s license and ordered to pay $3,294.25 in fines and courts costs.

Dahl, Amy Marie

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3 Responses to Sheffield woman avoids felony drunk driving conviction in plea deal

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2017 at 3:46 am

    she didn’t mean to do it, someone else poured the alcohol down her throat and she was just driving to go get some help

  2. Carly Reply Report comment

    July 31, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    If this is her third time getting caught… I’m sure this time will make a difference. How many times hasn’t she been caught.

  3. Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    July 31, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    This kind of treatment is wrong and doesn’t make sense. . So the courts allows her a public defender and a “do over” plus she’s only charged with a 2nd offense DUI.

    Given her past history, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before she’s captured again driving drunk. Just hope that she doesn’t kill someone in the process.