Greenfield man sentenced to prison following 8th OUI

Date: 
11.15.2018

A Greenfield man has been sentenced to state prison after being convicted of operating under the influence of alcohol, 8th offense.

 Robert F. Hughes, 55, was sentenced to 3 ½ to 4 years in state prison following his conviction after a jury trial in Franklin Superior Court. 

Hughes was arrested on June 20, 2018, when police responded to the Leyden Woods apartment complex in response to a 911 call reporting a drunk man falling off his scooter.  Police found a bloodied Hughes standing next to his damaged motorized scooter.  He was slurring his words, smelled of alcohol, and refused medical help. He was taken into custody and charged with operating under the influence.  

A check of Hughes’s Massachusetts and interstate record revealed 8 prior convictions for OUI, including 4 in Massachusetts, 3 in Wyoming, and one in New Hampshire.

 Hughes was held without bail following his arraignment , pursuant to Massachusetts’s “dangerousness statute” (G.L. c. 276, sec. 58A).  He was given 148 days of credit toward his sentence, reflecting the time he was held in jail pending trial.​