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19-time DUI offender may get 3 years in prison after probation trouble

A 19-time drunken driver arrested on alcohol possession charges three days after a judge spared him a stiff prison sentence could spend the next three years behind bars, prosecutors said Tuesday.

William Rylan Beall, 65 of Santa Rosa, violated the terms of his probation by keeping wine and hard liquor in his Oakmont house, Chief Deputy District Attorney Bill Brockley said.

The alcohol was discovered in a police search Saturday night. On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Julie Conger said she would sentence Beall to six months in jail for his latest DUI conviction but he could serve it in an alcohol treatment facility.

However, if he failed to comply with probation before the sentence was imposed Jan. 21, he would get a three-year prison sentence, she said.

"We gave him his chance," Brockley said. "He took advantage of it."

Beall appeared in court wearing glasses and a blue jailhouse uniform. He did not enter a plea.

A different judge, Rene Chouteau, agreed to put the matter over to Monday for arraignment.

Beall's lawyer, Steve Weiss, said outside court that Beall did not have sufficient time to remove the alcohol from his home. He said a friend would be called to testify about arrangements to pick up the booze.

"They're not interested in the circumstances," Weiss said. "They're interested in gotcha."

But prosecutors said Beall had ample opportunity to rid his house of alcohol.


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