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Mar 3, 2014 1:53 PM by AP

Federal judge pleads guilty to DWI charge

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi has pleaded guilty to first-offense DWI.

Tim Leger, Lake Charles City Court's judicial administrator, tells KPLC-TV that Minaldi entered the plea last week before Judge Thomas Quirk. She was issued an open-container citation Jan. 23 and charged with DWI more than two weeks later.

Minaldi told the judge she made a stupid mistake and wanted "to accept responsibility."

Minaldi's attorney, Walt Sanchez, declined comment Monday.

Quirk deferred imposition of sentencing for one year and placed Minaldi on probation for a year.

Leger says Minaldi will have to pay $400 fine, $300 in court costs, attend defensive driving and classes sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. She also was ordered to attend church at least once a week, in lieu of community service.

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