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TENTH DUI CONVICTION NETS MAXIMUM FOR ALABAMA “TICKING TIME BOMB”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2011

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA - United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh, Northern District of Florida, announced today that Michael M. Naramore, 54, of Mountain Brook, Alabama, was sentenced in federal court this afternoon on his 10th DUI conviction. In imposing the maximum sentence of five (5) years and two (2) months in federal prison, Chief U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers referred to Naramore as “a ticking time bomb.” In noting “a 27 year history of Driving Under the Influence which includes 13 arrests for DUI and 9 prior convictions for DUI in the state of Alabama,” Judge Rodgers told Naramore that “[n]o one ever likes to admit that the system has failed, but the system has failed in this case. The system has not failed you; the system has failed society. Justice can only be served by imposition of the maximum sentence authorized by law.... People who commit the crime of driving under the influence have been referred to as loaded guns; however, when you get behind the wheel of a car you are a firing gun and it is just a matter of time before someone gets hit.” Judge Rodgers further noted that paramount in the Court’s consideration when imposing this maximum sentence was the Court’s need to protect the public from Naramore.

Naramore’s charges stemmed from his arrest on November 24, 2010, at the West Gate of Eglin Air Force Base by the U.S. Air Force Security Forces Squadron officers. Naramore had trouble rolling down his window or opening his door and reeked of alcohol. He told gate officers repeatedly that he was en route to Birmingham, Alabama. Naramore was unable to successfully complete field sobriety tests. When he could not produce a driver’s license, Naramore was arrested. Naramore was indicted by a federal grand jury in February for DUI and driving while his license was suspended or revoked. On May 16, 2011, he entered a plea of guilty to each count of the indictment.

“Our communities are safer today because Michael Naramore is off the street,” Ms. Marsh stated. She had high praise for the Eglin AFB security officers for their vigilance and professionalism.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany H. Eggers.

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