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And while that DWI was certainly enough to get Stovall in trouble with the law, when the judge found out the defendant had eight prior DWI convictions across several different counties in Texas, he ordered up a life sentence for Stovall.
Originally posted by iamsupermanv2
reply to post by againuntodust
Heck no this isn't too harsh, especially since that's in my neck of the woods.
I'm a firm believer in a 3 strike rule as far as violent offenses, and if driving drunk isn't already considered one, it should be. Seriously, operating a vehicle while drunk is just retarded.
The headline would read a lot differently if he had killed that person he hit:
"Nine Time DWI Offender Kills Family Man In Drunk Driving Accident"
I really think the judge used his best judgment here.
As far as that little quip about the Prison Industrial Complex...seriously? This isn't like it was a first timer, it's not like he was just pulled over for swerving, he hit someone. He repeatedly drover drunk. He should have been locked up after number 3. Plus, I doubt there would be that much of a kick back for the judge for sending one person away.