Third DUI results in prison sentence
for Logan woman
April 15, 2009 | LOGAN -- A local woman was sentenced
to up to five years in prison Tuesday at the 1st District
Court for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Brenda Burns, 45, is headed to the state penitentiary
after being pulled over for her third DUI on Oct. 10,
2008. The crime was a 3rd-degree felony because Burns
killed two children in a DUI situation about seven years
ago, Judge Kevin Allen said.
Attorney Raymond Malfour Jr., represented Burns and
suggested a work-release sentence instead of the state's
recommendation of up to five years in prison. Malfour
also said he didn't think Burns was as out of control
as she was seven years ago when she had the DUI that
killed the two children. Burns has been going to a counselor
for depression as a result of the deaths she said.
"I've found someone to talk to," Burns said. She said
the counselor she's been going to is a "god-send."
County Prosecutor Donald Linton said the state still
recommended a maximum sentence of up to five years in
Burns also said she would never have another DUI.
"I can guarantee you that this instance won't happen
again," said Burns. "I take full responsibility for
my actions." Burns also said she's come to the realization
that drinking will not help her.
Allen said he felt bad for the problems that Burns
has had. "I feel sorry for the difficulties you've felt
in your life," he said.
Allen went on to say that Burns has caused difficulties
in other people's lives which he believes are worse.
"It is important for me to protect citizens from your
decisions," Allen said.