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Man sent to work release early must still serve jail time, judge rules

Johnny Dore listens during his penalty trial. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail.
Johnny Dore listens during his penalty trial. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail. File photo

WICHITA — A multiple DUI offender mistakenly sent to work release will serve his full 18-month sentence in jail, a Sedgwick County District Court judge ruled Wednesday.

Judge Warren Wilbert said the 109 days Johnny Dore mistakenly spent on work release due to a clerical error in the sheriff's office should not count toward his 18-month sentence in jail for a DUI involving an accident in March 2007.

The time Dore spent in work release will instead count toward a six-month sentence in a later case in which Wilbert did authorize work release.

The ruling means Dore will remain in jail until Jan. 26.

Dore objected to the judge's ruling, and Wilbert told him he could appeal the decision later.

When Dore gets out of jail in January, he still start his work release sentence with 109 days credited as time served in that case, the judge said.

Read more about the case in Thursday's Eagle.

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