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Thursday, Oct 31 2013 05:48 PM

Former teacher sentenced to year in jail for multiple DUIs

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Brandi Lynn Sherman

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BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com

Brandi Lynn Sherman will be doing a lot of walking during the next four years.

The 38-year-old former high school teacher's driver's license will be revoked for four years as part of her punishment Thursday for racking up four DUIs since 2011. In addition, Judge Steven M. Katz sentenced her to a year in jail and three years' probation, and ordered her to install breath alcohol ignition devices on her vehicles.

The device prevents a vehicle from starting if the person blowing into it has a blood-alcohol concentration higher than the programmed level.

Sherman will also have to wear an alcohol monitoring device for a year after her release from jail. She pleaded no contest in early October to felony DUI with an enhancement and driving with a license that was suspended or revoked because of a drunken driving conviction.

Katz warned her that if she drinks and drives and someone is killed as a result she can be charged with murder.

Sherman has declined interview requests from The Californian.

Local attorney Bill Slocumb -- who has no connection to Sherman's case but has represented numerous DUI defendants -- said Sherman's sentence was typical for a multiple noninjury DUI offender other than the year in jail and the alcohol monitoring device. The rest of her sentence is according to statute.

"She got a really good deal," he said.

Although her sentence includes a year in jail, the reality is she'll serve far less time due to jail overcrowding. She already has 92 days of custody credits and could be released within a few months.

She faces far more severe punishment if convicted of another noninjury DUI or violates her probation in any way. She could be sentenced to as much as three years in prison.

Sherman's latest DUI arrest occurred July 28 when a California Highway Patrol officer spotted her vehicle stopped in the left-turn lane at a light on North Chester Avenue in Oildale. The officer watched as the traffic signal went through two cycles without Sherman moving. When she finally made the turn onto Roberts Lane, she was pulled over and the officer noticed signs that she was under the influence.

Her three other DUI convictions occurred in February 2011, March 2011 and September 2012.

Sherman resigned in September as a teacher at Sillect Community School, a year-round public school program run by Kern County Superintendent of Schools. She was hired in August 2006 and taught ninth through 12th grades.

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