Sherman councilman pleads guilty to DWI charges

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SHERMAN, TX -- A Sherman city council member has pleaded guilty to two DWI charges.

In a plea agreement, Joe Neal Smith was sentenced to 180 days in jail for the first DWI charge, and one year for the second. Both were probated for two years.

The sentences will run concurrently -- making his punishment two years probation. He's ordered to have an interlock device installed on his vehicle for one year.

Smith was stopped in June of 2012 and March of this year. He remains on the city council.

Smith released this statement:
"First, I wish to thank Joe Brown for personally handling my cases and his interest in the outcome.

Second, I wish to apologize to my family and friends for the embarrassment my poor decisions have caused them. As far as I am concerned, this chapter of my life has concluded and I look forward to using this situation as a tool to better myself and those I care about.

Last, I want to thank all of those people who have expressed their support for me over these last several months. Due to their support, I look forward to continuing to be active in Sherman, a community I love."

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