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Woman must do rehab program for latest DUI arrest

Monday, April 14, 2014 2:58 PM
Last updated 8:06 PM
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An Augusta woman repeatedly charged with driving under the influence with her children in the vehicle must complete an in-custody rehab program.

On Monday in Richmond County Superior Court, Judge Sheryl B. Jolly ordered Kenna M. Ware to 90 days in jail in addition to five years’ probation for her latest arrest on a charge of felony DUI, driving after being declared a habitual violator, and three counts of endangering a child by driving under the influence.

Ware, 30, has been in jail since her Feb. 20 arrest. At the time, she was on probation for driving after being declared a habitual traffic violator, said Assistant District Attorney Pete Lamb.

“Her record is atrocious,” Lamb told the judge in asking that Ware’s probation be revoked in full.

In October 2008, Ware was charged with DUI and three counts of endangering a child, and in November 2008 she was arrested again on charges of DUI and three counts of endangering a child.

She was arrested on March 28, 2010, on felony DUI charges, three counts of endangering a child, three counts of violation of the child-restraint law, driving on a suspended license and violation of the open container law. She was acquitted of all charges but the open-container violation. Lamb said a critical state witness, the arresting officer, was unavailable for trial.

Finally, on Aug. 23, Ware was arrested on charges of driving after being declared a habitual violator. Jolly sentenced her to five years’ probation last fall. Lamb asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence, 18 years, with five years in prison followed by 13 years on probation.

Defense attorney Khary Talley asked for leniency for Ware, whose family is willing to ensure that she gets the help. Jolly said the five-year probated sentence will run concurrently with her 2013 sentence. Ware will get credit for the time she has been in jail since her latest arrest in February.

Ware will remain in jail until a bed is available in the Department of Corrections’ rehab program. The wait is four to six months.

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IBeDogGone 04/14/14 - 07:09 pm
Family Help

Why was the family not willing to help in 2008 & 2010? I do not think much will change until she does bodily injury to herself or one of her passengers!

iaaffg 04/15/14 - 04:59 am
rehab? this sorry sack o'poo

rehab? this sorry sack o'poo needs more than rehab; she needs a frontal lobotomy and could someone please make sure she doesn't bring any more unfortunates into the world? i'm sure the taxpayers are already paying for the unfortunates she popped out thus far, we don't want to pay for any more. we were probably paying for her addiction, now we'll have to pay for her rehab as well. when does the insanity end in this country?

corgimom 04/15/14 - 07:33 am
She isn't going to stop until

She isn't going to stop until she kills somebody.

And her family can't make her get help, she has to want to stop- and she doesn't.

JRC2024 04/15/14 - 08:40 am
iaafg, I am with you. Fix her

iaafg, I am with you. Fix her and the dad if they can find him.

Marinerman1 04/15/14 - 09:04 am
And The Children ?

The children should have been taken away from her, years ago. I agree, fix her like the family pet. Can't take anymore chances. And 'corgimom', you are right. Just like a smoker, they have to want to quit.

Red Headed Step Child
Red Headed Step Child 04/15/14 - 06:13 pm

That's what's wrong with our justice system - leniency has its place, this isn't one of them. I have no sympathy for habitual violators.

corgimom 04/15/14 - 09:01 pm
Judge Jolly sentenced her to

Judge Jolly sentenced her to 5 years probation last fall, you see how well THAT worked.

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