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Beauty Queen With DUI Conviction Allowed in Pageant

Sheena Benton Sheena Benton

DOVER, Del. (AP)- Officials with the Miss USA pageant say Delaware's representative can compete despite a drunken-driving conviction.

Sheena Benton's eligibility for the April 11 pageant in Baltimore was in doubt after officials learned she pleaded guilty last year to driving under the influence.

But pageant officials announced Friday that they have conducted a thorough investigation and decided to let the 23-year-old from Milford keep her Miss Delaware USA title and participate in the national pageant.

They say they considered the incident in the context of her whole life. Officials say Benton understands "the severity of her actions" and wants to encourage others to learn from her mistake.

Benton remains on probation with a revoked driver's license through June.


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