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Ex-Buffalo Sabre Matthew Barnaby Pleads Guilty to DWI

December 13th, 2011 at 5:55 PM
By Paul Lane

Appearing in court for the second time this year, former Buffalo Sabres forward Matthew Barnaby pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving while intoxicated - a charge that could lead to his deportation.

Barnaby appeared in Clarence Town Court to answer charges that in early December, he drove while drunk in the Buffalo suburb and with only three wheels on his SUV. He refused a breath test when he was stopped by Erie County Sheriff's deputies. He was charged with three other traffic-related offenses as well as DWI.

As part of the plea, Barnaby will not face a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. He will have to pay around $1,500 in fines and serve 100 hours of community service. He will also have to check in to inpatient treatment but has already started voluntarily undergoing alcohol counseling.

Barnaby has retained a deportation attorney, as the charge could compel the court system to send the Canadian native back to his homeland.

Barnaby was in court earlier this year after getting involved in a domestic violence incident with his ex-wife. After this latest incident, ESPN fired him as a hockey analyst on "Sportscenter."

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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