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Ex-Walker spokeswoman sentenced to jail for 2nd OWI

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A former spokeswoman for Governor Scott Walker’s election campaign has been sentenced to 20 days in jail for her second drunk driving conviction.

25-year-old Nicole Tieman of Waukesha pleaded guilty Wednesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, after she had pleaded not guilty just a week earlier.

She’ll start her jail time no later than June 3rd at the county correctional facility in Franklin, with work release privileges so she can look for a job. Tieman was also fined $950, and she lost her driving privileges for a year.

Her attorney told the Journal Sentinel she regretted her decision to drive drunk, and is taking responsibility for it.

The paper also said the Walker campaign would not confirm that her drunk driving conviction was the reason she resigned.

Tieman quit without explanation last Friday as a spokeswoman for the Walker campaign.

She’s listed in online court records under her maiden name, Nicole Larson. The conviction was the result of an OWI arrest in June of 2011, with a blood alcohol level of between 0.08 and 0.15.

Charges in the matter were not filed until a month ago, because Tieman’s original drunk driving case had to be settled first.