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Fri., July 1, 2011, 8:28 a.m.

McGee pleads guilty to DUI in plea deal

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican state Sen. John McGee has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in a plea agreement reached with prosecutors. The 38-year-old Caldwell Republican reached an agreement Friday during his scheduled preliminary hearing. In return, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count of felony grand theft stemming from McGee's arrest last month in Boise. Under terms of the deal, prosecutors recommend McGee serve 180 days in jail, with 175 suspended. It also calls for a withheld judgment. McGee was arrested June 19 after police say he took a truck and cargo trailer from the southwest Boise home of a stranger and got it stuck in a yard just down the street. Police also say a breath test found his blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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