LIVINGSTON COUNTY — Roxanne Tallman, the Nunda woman charged with DWI last March, 2013, for allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level of .21%, and for operating a four-wheeled vehicle with only three tires, was sentenced Tuesday in Livingston County Court to serve 1 to 3 years in state prison.
In a dramatic three-way interchange that verged on conversational, Judge Wiggins said several times that while a kind of alcohol treatment was no doubt available in state prison, other solutions would have been preferable. Assistant District Attorney Josh Tonra asserted, finally, that in the months since the initial offense Ms. Tallman had failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities including probation and rehabilitation programs.
Tallman addressed Judge Robert Wiggins tearfully and expressed frustration at the difficulties of arranging for alcohol rehabilitation treatment. She indicated that the looming sentence of 1 to 3 years in state prison was preferable to staying in the county jail indefinitely, and that she just wanted to get it over with.
In addition to driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .21, Tallman was found with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. She was subsequently granted pre-trial release, but violated probation and was rearrested following two additional sobriety violations in November, 2013.