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Sussex County man sentenced for operating motor vehicle during license suspension, refusal

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man was sentenced for operating motor vehicle during license suspension, and refusal, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray.

Gustavo Pena, 37, of Stanhope Borough was sentenced on March 15 before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton, Murray said.

Pena was sentenced to 180 days in the Morris County Correctional Facility, will also have his license suspended for 8 years after the date of release, complete 48 hours of Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, and following the period of license suspension 2 years of interlock and pay fines and fees, Murray said.

Pena pled guilty on Jan. 4 to fourth-degree operating a motor vehicle during a license suspension and refusal. In pleading guilty, he admitted to operating a motor vehicle during a period of license suspension while under the influence of alcohol, Murray said.

These charges were made after a thorough investigation by the Hopatcong Police Department.

At sentencing, Pena was represented by Evan Levow, Esq. and the State was represented by Special Deputy Attorney General and Acting Assistant Prosecutor Jonathan E. McMeen.

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