New Bedford’s Alfano pleads guilty to felonies

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 3:07 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Anthony Alfano, 59, of New Bedford has entered guilty pleas to the Class 4 felony of aggravated driving under the influence (DUI) and to the Class 4 felony of driving while license revoked/subsequent offense.

On Aug. 13, 2012, Alfano was involved in a crash of an all-terrain vehicle in New Bedford. Based on Alfano’s condition and his blood alcohol content obtained during his subsequent hospitalization, Alfano was charged with DUI and also with the misdemeanor offense of driving while license revoked.

On May 3, 2012, Alfano was arrested in Walnut for possessing a concealed weapon, a .22 caliber pistol in his pocket while walking on a public street in Walnut. He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapons for that offense.

On Dec. 4, the felony of driving while license revoked was charged because Alfano had been previously convicted of driving while license revoked, and aggravated DUI was filed because Alfano was operating under the influence of alcohol at the time when his license was revoked for DUI.

After entering his guilty pleas to both Class 4 felonies, Alfano was placed on two years conditional discharge with the conditions that he pay fines, fees and court costs totaling $1,952 and serve 30 days work release in the Bureau County Jail.

The aggravated unlawful use of weapons charge was dismissed due to the question of its constitutionality. However, Alfano did agree to forfeit his gun to the Walnut Police Department

This is Alfano’s first felony conviction. He has two prior DUIs and two prior driving while license revoked convictions. He was convicted of three misdemeanors between 1989 and 1995.

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