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Jury: Albany woman guilty of drunken driving in SL

An Albany woman has been found guilty of drunken driving following a two-day trial in Essex County.

41-year-old Megan A. Murphy was arrested in Dec. 2009 following a traffic stop in Saranac Lake. At the time, village police charged her with two counts of felony driving while intoxicated, consumption or possession of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, and following too closely.

Her blood-alcohol content was .10 percent.

District Attorney Kristy Sprague says the jury deliberated for about three hours before returning a guilty verdict on charges of felony DWI, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, and following too closely.

Assistant District Attorneys Brian Felton and Allison McGahay handled the case for the prosecution. Murphy was represented by Gregory LaDuke and county court Judge Richard Meyer presided.

Murphy will serve at least one year in prison and could face up to four years when she's sentenced July 8.

Sprague praised the jury for its decision, noting that the verdict sends a strong message to motorists who get behind the wheel drunk.

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