An Ocean Park, Wash., woman who pleaded guilty in Cowlitz County to felony driving under the influence in January is appealing her sentence.
Virginia Shofner, 35, was sentenced April 5 to two years in prison for first-degree driving with a suspended license, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock and felony DUI. She filed her intent to appeal that decision May 8.
DUI ordinarily is a gross misdemeanor, but offenders face felony DUI if they have three previous convictions within the previous 10 years.
Shofner’s offense in January was her fourth since 2009. She pleaded guilty to that charge on March 22. During her April 3 sentencing, she was given the opportunity to withdraw that guilty plea because her plea form incorrectly noted the mandatory minimum sentence. Shofner maintained her plea, however.
The nature or basis of her appeal was not available this week.
She pleaded guilty to a different felony DUI charge in 2014 and was sentenced to 25 months in prison and ordered to undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment.
Longview police arrested Shofner Jan. 24 this year after finding her passed out in the Ocean Beach Taco Bell parking lot in Longview. Shofner “smelled strongly of alcoholic beverages” and refused a sobriety test.