Truckee man sentenced to 25 years to life

Judge declined to dismiss a strike
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A 51-year-old Truckee man convicted of killing a schoolteacher in the 1980s and later being arrested on driving under the influence charges is now serving a 25-to-life prison sentence. Douglas Harold Doyle pleaded guilty Feb. 2 to a felony charge of driving in Placer County with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher, according to a press release issued Tuesday. As a result of his criminal record, which includes a 1987 alcohol-related vehicular manslaughter conviction in which a 52-year-old schoolteacher was killed, Doyle was given the sentence under California’s three-strike law. Placer County Superior Court judges agreed with a prosecutor’s assessment that Doyle had run out of chances, and they rejected a defense attorney’s motion to remove one or both of Doyle’s previous felony strikes prior to his Feb. 2 sentencing by Judge Colleen Nichols, according to Art Campos, spokesman for the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutor Christopher Cattran argued in a motion filed in court that Doyle’s five felony convictions, four misdemeanor convictions and four prior sentencings to state prisons, including one in Nevada, were proof that that he merited both a third felony strike for his latest DUI and the 25-years-to-life sentence. Cattran also highlighted a Doyle’s drug and drunken driving convictions, his repeated parole violations and two domestic violence convictions, including an incident in 2007 in which he injured a girlfriend by striking her in the abdomen with a sword. “The defendant’s prior performance on parole and probation has been woeful,” Cattran wrote in the motion. The prosecutor noted that Doyle had been released on parole from prison just four months before he was stopped on August 17, 2008, for driving erratically on Highway 89 near Alpine Meadows Road. His blood alcohol level was measured at 0.13 percent, Cattran wrote. ~ Staff report