AUGUSTA — A Winthrop man was sentenced to an initial 30 months behind bars Monday for charges related to his sixth conviction for drunken driving.

Derek Bonenfant

Derek D. Bonenfant, 43, was sentenced to eight years in prison, with all but the initial 30 months suspended and three years probation.

His driver’s license and registration privileges were suspended for 10 years.

He pleaded guilty in May to charges of aggravated operating under the influence and operating after revocation, offenses which occurred July 18, 2015, in Manchester.

Bonenfant has been out on bail since then. On Monday at the Capital Judicial Center, he pleaded guilty to two additional charges of violating conditions of release, both of which involved drinking alcohol while he was free on bail.

Assistant District Attorney Tyler LeClair said that in the underlying charge Bonenfant was stopped for speeding and was found with bloodshot eyes and smelled of intoxicants.

“He admitted he had been drinking alcohol that night, then refused to cooperate further,” LeClair said, adding that Bonenfant refused a breathalyzer test.

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