Man Gets Life In Prison After 8th DWI Conviction
Comal County, Tex. (CBS HOUSTON) – A Guadalupe County man arrested for his eighth DWI has been sentenced to life in prison after being pulled over last February with a Blood Alcohol level equivalent to consuming 23.5 beers.
In late February, authorities say Cornelio Garcia-Mata was driving nearly six times the legal alcohol limit, when he was pulled over around 6 p.m. off Interstate 35 in New Braunfels, WOAI-TV reports. Garcia-Mata got his first DWI in 1990. While on probation, he picked up his second. Since he’s a habitual offender he faced 25 years to life in prison for his latest offense.
His eighth offense in a littler over 20 years. This is someone that is not learning their lesson, folks. Here in MA, he would get yet another lifetime license revocation and *maybe* a six month suspended sentence for his eighth OUI. We don't start getting serious until the 10th offense or the second time they kill someone.
Life in prison is pretty serious, but so is eight times behind the wheel intoxicated. This time, he had a BAC that should have been fatal - this indicates that he's a severe alcoholic with an abnormally high tolerance. The fact that he still got behind the wheel while that drunk makes me think that prison - or death - is the only way he's going to stop drinking and driving. This is someone with a serious alcohol problem, and it appears the only way to get him off the road is to lock him up.
Whereas in MA he'd still be eligible for a "hardship" license...
That is all.