Bobby Gene Martin, 64,was convicted for his tenth DWI in Texas and was sentenced to two life sentences. This was Martin’s tenth DWI since 1981. In this case, Martin crashed his mothers truck then asked the tow truck driver to drive him home so he would not get another DWI. The tow driver refused and Martin fled the scene only to be caught standing in waist high water in a drainage ditch by the Police. Martin’s blood alcohol was .021 close to three times the legal limit of .08. In addition to the DWI charge, Martin also threatened the Police and Police officer’s family.
Martin who served 15 years in prison after his eighth DWI conviction in 1999 was sentenced to two life sentences after the jury deliberated briefly. Martin will be eligible for parole when he turns 80 years old.
Although I have never a seen a life sentence for OUI in Massachusetts, I can say that courts are very rarely lenient to repeat drunk drivers. In Massachusetts, a person convicted of a third offense OUI must serve at least 150 days in jail.
Patrick Donovan is a criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts. A former prosecutor with experience in over fifty Massachusetts courts, Attorney Donovan is available for free no obligation consultation on all criminal cases including DUI, DWI, OUI. If you or someone you needs to speak with a lawyer contact Attorney Donovan today