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Mark Grace Indicted On Felony DUI: Jail Time Beckons

The Arizona Republic is reporting that the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has indicted Mark Grace on four felony DUI counts. He faces the possibility of between 12 and 45 months in jail for each charge.

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The report quotes office spokesman.Jerry Cobb as saying that a grand jury indicted Grace the week before last, on four felony counts of aggravated driving or actual physical control while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. As well as actual DUI, he also faces charges of driving while his license was suspended license and without an interlock device, both the results of his previous DUI conviction in May last year.

Cobb said the charges each carry a penalty of between one and three 3/4 years in jail, but because they all stemmed from the same incident, when Grace was arrested on August 23, any penalties would likely run concurrently, rather than consecutively. Grace could also face less time in jail if he pleads guilty to reduced charges according to Cobb. According to the report, Grace's blood-alcohol level when arrested was measured at .095; the legal limit in Arizona is .080. The penalties would have been higher if Grace's level has been above .150, regarded in the state as an "extreme DUI."

The Republic says the Diamondbacks' former color commentator "is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial conference at 8:30 a.m. before Commissioner Jerry Bernstein." However, Arizona Sports says, "Grace is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Dec. 5."