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State Senator Gets 2 Days for DUI

SACRAMENTO (CN) - A state senator who opposed gay rights during his 14 years in the Legislature, then acknowledged he was gay after being busted for drunk driving after leaving a gay bar, was sentenced on Wednesday to 2 days in jail and 3 years probation. State Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, "received no less than anybody else" for his first conviction, the state prosecutor told the Sacramento Bee.

Ashburn, 55, pleaded no-contest through his attorney. Prosecutors said his blood alcohol content was .14 when he was pulled over in downtown Sacramento on March 4 at around 2 a.m. He later admitted that he had been at Faces, a popular gay bar.

Ashburn will get credit for one day in custody and will work off his other day on a sheriff's work crew. He also must pay $2,480 in fines and fees.

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