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June 13, 2013

Drunken joyrider gets prison sentence

Salem man to serve eight to nine years, lose license


Nawn abandoned the heavily damaged car, its hood nearly completely upright, a short distance away. He was found by police hiding nearby, a nearly empty bottle of vodka in his hand.

Nawn’s record of drunken driving includes two convictions in 1997, another in 1999 and the 2005 Newburyport incident, making yesterday’s guilty finding his fifth.

His criminal record dates back more than two decades.

In addition to fifth-offense drunken driving, Nawn pleaded guilty to two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, breaking and entering, and malicious destruction of property.

The sentence was the result of plea negotiations between Hopwood and defense lawyer Christopher Norris, who said alcohol has played a role in Nawn’s life since childhood, and nothing has worked to stop his self-destructive habit.

“Mr. Nawn realizes when he ingests alcohol, the criminal justice system and penalties are not far behind,” Norris said.

As part of the plea negotiations, charges of being a habitual offender were dropped in exchange for the guilty pleas.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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