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The Telegram
  • DWI arrests again for 2 with troubled pasts

  • They had both been scolded by judges in the past to get their drinking problems under control, and they have both received counseling for alcohol abuse.
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  • They had both been scolded by judges in the past to get their drinking problems under control, and they have both received counseling for alcohol abuse.
    But this past week, the two men – one a priest who stole $87,000 from his church, the other a man who killed an Observer-Dispatch carrier in a DWI crash – found themselves in trouble once again over alcohol-related allegations.
    The Rev. Valentine Krul, 63, was charged last Thursday with aggravated driving while intoxicated, police said, following a two-car crash in Yorkville – his second DWI arrest since 2007, and less than two years since he spent several months in jail for stealing from the Church of the Sacred Heart and St. Mary Our Lady of Czestochowa in New York Mills.
    Jason Davies, 26, was charged on Dec. 23 with driving while intoxicated as well after he allegedly went through a stop sign at the intersection of Route 12 and Mappa Avenue in the town of Trenton – just a few miles from where he had previously killed Cynthia Duquette, 41, as she delivered newspapers along a rural stretch of Mapledale Road in 2006.
    Although Davies was found not guilty of vehicular manslaughter in Duquette's death, he still was sentenced to one year in jail at the time for driving drunk that rainy night, merely 12 days after Davies had pleaded guilty to a lesser alcohol-related charge that year.
    Two very different men, but who both were meant to hear the same message when they were sentenced for their prior crimes:
    "You are an alcoholic, Father, and you have to realize you are an alcoholic," Oneida County Court Judge Barry M. Donalty told Krul in June 2012, citing the reason for Krul's troubles.
    In July 2007, county court Judge Michael L. Dwyer told Davies that young people need to realize that they cannot drive drunk "over and over and over again" and then expect to avoid punishment by saying, "All right, now I'm going to get help for my problem."
    As both cases now move through the criminal justice system, it's unclear if any of their prior arrests will have any effect on how these latest charges are handled, prosecutors said Monday.
    Although Krul was charged in 2007 with DWI following a one-car accident along Route 8 in New Hartford, he pleaded guilty to a lesser violation of driving while ability impaired and paid a $500 fine, court officials said.
    "The arrest reports have been sent to the District Attorney's Office, and we're looking at it to determine if it should be prosecuted as a felony, if the evidence is sufficient," Assistant District Attorney Matthew Worth said.
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