Minnesota’s most notorious drunken driver is suing the state Corrections Department, claiming he was kept in custody longer than Minnesota law allows. Danny Bettcher of New York Mills, who has 28 D-W-I convictions, says after a parole violation he was sent back to jail for 250 days, exceeding the state’s seven-year maximum sentence. Bettcher says he should have been released in May 2016, but was kept in Wright County Jail until the following January. The state Corrections Department responds the dates of Bettcher’s incarceration are correct. He’s at the state prison in Moose Lake and due for release in September 2020.
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