Printed on: January 08, 2013

Idaho Falls woman gets nine years for third DUI

By Zach Kyle
zkyle@postregister.com

Sonja Guzman-Hall of Idaho Falls was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to felony driving under the influence.

It was the third DUI conviction for Guzman-Hall, who ran into Amy Kaser of Ammon on Aug. 31 while Kaser was walking in the parking lot of the Bank of Idaho on Capital Avenue.

Kaser was pinned against a building by Guzman Hall's GMC van, causing knee and elbow injuries.

In a Nov. 1 article, Kaser told the Post Register that the collision tore tendon away from bone in her right shoulder, which required surgery to repair. She rarely walked in the first six weeks following the accident and was forced to use a walker for most of two months.

Kaser delivered a victim impact statement at the sentencing.

Guzman-Hall, 45, could be eligible for parole after a year-and-a-half.

Daniel Clark, chief deputy prosecuting attorney in Bonneville County, said he recommended Guzman-Hall be sentenced to a therapeutic community 270-day rider program as part of her plea agreement.

District Judge Dane Watkins Jr. sentenced Guzman-Hall to prison instead.

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