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Dwyer's bid for reduced sentence is denied

A judge has denied Del. Donald Dwyer's request to shorten his 60-day jail sentence in drunken driving and drunken boating cases, the delegate's lawyer said.

Attorney David Fischer of Glen Burnie asked for a hearing on reducing the jail term, which Dwyer is serving on weekends. A judge denied the request last week, Fischer said.

Judge Emory Plitt, a retired judge from Harford County, sentenced Dwyer in October to a year in jail with all but 60 days suspended in the two cases.

Dwyer had pleaded guilty to operating a boat under the influence in a crash in August 2012 on the Magothy River that injured himself and six others, as well as to driving a car while impaired in August of this year, when police saw him speeding and swerving on Route 100 in Pasadena.

Plitt also sentenced Dwyer to three years of probation and ordered him to continue alcohol abuse treatment, attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and have an ignition device placed on his car to keep it from starting if he's been drinking.

Dwyer also was ordered not to be any place where alcohol is served, including receptions in Annapolis during the General Assembly session, which starts Jan. 8.

Dwyer is a Republican from Pasadena who represents the northeastern corner of Anne Arundel County.

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