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Violating probation, DWI get man 6 years


A Westminster man, who was caught drinking and driving and committing other offenses while on probation for assaulting his wife, was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison, court records show.

Keith A. Palmisano, 39, of the first block of Charles St. had a blood-alcohol concentration of .12 when he was arrested in February while driving in downtown Westminster. The legal limit for driving while intoxicated is .10.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. imposed a one-year prison sentence for the DWI conviction and tacked on five more years for Palmisano's violating probation for three previous unrelated offenses, second-degree assault of his wife, theft under $300 and vehicle tampering.

Palmisano had received suspended jail terms for each of those convictions between February 1998 and December 1999, court records show.

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