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Ellsworth woman gets 6 months for license, drug convictions

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local woman has received an unsuspended sentence of six months after pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle after revocation of her driver’s license and illegal possession of a prescription drug.

Laura L. Winchenbach, 32, pleaded guilty to the charges in Hancock County Superior Court on Feb. 21. As part of a plea agreement, she received an overall sentence of 30 months behind bars with all but six months suspended for the revocation conviction and a concurrent six month sentence for the drug possession conviction. Winchenbach also was ordered to pay a total of $1,400 in fines.

Attorneys at Winchenbach’s sentencing told Justice Ann Murray that Winchenbach has significant medical needs and other issues and was in the process of making arrangements with Hancock County Jail officials for a medical furlough that likely would keep her from having to spend any time behind bars. Winchenbach is expected to undergo extensive treatment and to stay in close contact with counselors and other officials while on furlough.

Court documents indicate that Winchenbach’s driver’s license had been revoked when she was stopped by Ellsworth police on Feb. 13, 2012. After she was pulled over, police found that she had oxycodone with her even though she did not have a prescription for the drug, the documents indicate.

Winchenbach has two prior convictions for operating after revocation in Knox County, one in 2007 and another in 2008, according to documents filed in Hancock County Superior Court.

As part of her sentence, Winchenbach will have to serve a subsequent year of probation, during which time she will have to receive counseling, submit to random searches and testing, and not possess or use alcohol or drugs. She is expected to start paying $25 a week toward her fines on Sept. 6, 2013.

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