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Billings man gets 30 years for felony DUI

By Associated Press
Published On: Feb 17 2014 03:30:38 PM MST
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BILLINGS, Mont. -

A Billings man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a felony DUI that happened just weeks after he was released from prison on an earlier DUI conviction.
    
District Judge Gregory Todd sentenced 55-year-old John Harvey Hoots on Friday. Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Julie Patten says Hoots has been convicted of driving under the influence at least 10 times.
    
Hoots was arrested in July 2012, about six weeks after being released from a 10-year prison sentence.
    
According to trial testimony, a neighbor called 911 to report Hoots had dropped his pants and exposed himself. Hoots drove away as officers responded. A blood sample showed Hoots' blood-alcohol level was 0.20.
    
Hoots testified he fled because his neighbor threatened to shoot him. His neighbor denied the threat.