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  03/03/2017 Man Sentenced For Drunken Driving  

ST. THOMAS, V.I. – A man who pleaded guilty to drunken driving was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections on Thursday to begin serving his one-month prison term.

            Sevirano Ortiz, 56, of Est. Nadir was arrested on Oct. 1, 2016, following a traffic accident on Veterans Drive and charged with driving under the influence, driving with an illegal blood limit and three counts of negligent driving. Under the terms of a plea agreement offered by Attorney General Claude Earl Walker, Ortiz pleaded guilty to the single charge of driving under the influence and in exchange, he will receive a two-week prison sentence. The maximum penalty for driving under the influence is two years in prison.       

            According to a probable cause fact sheet filed by Officer Joycelyn Lee-Bobb, police responded to a three-vehicle collision on the Weymouth Rhymer Highway and the intersection of Turpentine Run Road. Police interviewed the drivers of the vehicles, including Ortiz, whose face was covered in blood.

            Investigation revealed that at the time of the accident, Ortiz was driving a black truck and was speeding southward along Weymouth Rhymer Highway, made a left turn bypassing three lanes of traffic, then turned into the lane from Turpentine Run Road onto Weymouth Rhymer Highway. Ortiz then collided into a white truck that was on its way to the Tutu Park Mall and then he ran into a jeep that was making a left turn, according to Lee-Bobb.

            At his sentencing on Friday before V.I. Superior Court Judge Renée Gumbs Carty, Ortiz apologized for his actions.

            “I’m very sorry for what happened,” he said. “I apologize to the victims of the accident. I may need some help. If you can help me, I’m ready to follow the right kind of program.”

            As she handed down her punishment, Judge Gumbs Carty told Ortiz that he has to do better with his life.

            “You have a lengthy record, which goes back to 1988. You spent most of your life behind bars, but it has not helped you… At the age of 56, you have to turn around… Do better with your life. You can make positive contributions to society,” Judge Gumbs Carty said.

            Departing slightly from the terms of the plea agreement, Gumbs Carty handed down her punishment of two years with Ortiz serving one month’s incarceration, being placed on supervised probation after his release from the Bureau of Corrections and paying fines and court fees. Ortiz also has to complete 250 hours of community service, obtain his GED, report to the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and enroll with Alcoholics Anonymous, Gumbs Carty further ordered.

            Oritz who was free on bail pending his sentencing was immediately taken into custody to begin serving his prison term.

            The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stephanie Bowles.




  Man sentenced for drunken driving.pdf