LOCKPORT – State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. sentenced a 72-year-old woman to state prison Monday for a felony count of driving while intoxicated.
Kathleen M. Kunkel of Hinman Road, Town of Lockport, was sentenced to one to three years behind bars. She was kicked out of a residential alcohol treatment program last month after only 13 days because of three rule violations. She will serve the time in a regular cell only if she can’t succeed in a state prison substance abuse treatment program. After her release, Kunkel will have a year to pay $1,605 in fines and fees, risking up to another year in prison if she doesn’t pay.
Reading aloud from the private rehab facility’s report, Kloch said Kunkel had told staffers at the rehabilitation facility that she was “just appeasing the court” by going there.
She pleaded guilty in the wake of two DWI arrests: July 28, 2015, in Royalton, after she showed up drunk at a dentist’s office and then drove away, and Oct. 20 in the Town of Lockport. Kunkel’s attorney, Patrick McLaughlin, told Kloch that Kunkel might be suffering from schizophrenia, but Kunkel denied it.