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Friday, November 23, 2012

MA Could Learn A Thing or Two From TX

Libertyman sends in this story out of Texas, where they certainly treat criminals differently than we do here in MA...

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.

6 comments:

AK™ said...

he sounds re-electable..I mean MA gave us a great driver known as Teddy K.

Ken O said...

Usually, at least here in Corpus, they just release them on probation and require them to attend three twelve step meetings a week.

Old NFO said...

Depends on where you are, as ken indicated... Far as I'm concerned, the SECOND offense should get hard time...

Anonymous said...

Being one who grew up without a father due to a drunken driver... I'm all for The Chair for all offenders, regardless of previous problems.

Ken O said...

The sad thing is that some individuals have lost the power of choice over drink. They are compelled to do so; their addiction is so great that the withdrawal caused by ceasing to drink might very well kill them. However, those individuals can still choose not to get behind the wheel. Here in Texas, DWI is not a felony until your third offense. Our judicial system needs to be overhauled to make DUI a more serious offense.

Mikael said...

As far as I'm concerned DUI is essentially the same as setting off a bomb at a random GPS coordinate, it's usually going to result in no casualties, but you might just crowd, or anything in between.

It's worse than a negligent discharge within city limits.

If I was setting the rules, at the bare minimum: start at 1 year in jail for first offense, increase sentence exponentially for each subsequent offense(third would be 4 years, fourth would be 16 years, fifth would be 256 years, IE: life).