Texas man gets life sentence after third DWI conviction
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 4:21
- Date Nov 21, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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Kelly -- back in session on the docket today a timely lesson for everyone ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
A man just sentenced to life in prison.
For driving drunk.
This is the most recent mug shot of -- -- Garcia -- -- it was pulled over in Texas on DW I charges back in February.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And this was not the first time Garcia -- -- ended up getting convicted of DW I four.
Well now it.
He'd been convicted of felony DW I.
Four times and three times misdemeanor.
A jury deciding to take him off the road for good and sentencing him to life behind bars.
Prosecutors say he was given enough chances to turn his life around.
You will see an individual that multiple opportunities.
Was given chances to get not only rehabilitation services -- -- treatment you name it.
So does the punishment fit the crime Arthur -- -- as a former prosecutor now defense attorney John is build more shares the same pedigree they -- both with me now so.
-- you actually have a role in this case yes.
Not in this particular case -- in a similar case here's the difference in this case nobody was hurt -- We have a guy with multiple DW I offenses but he didn't seriously injure or -- anyone.
Yet we're gonna -- -- in prison for the rest of his life you know wealth isn't present for the rest of their lives with the possibility of -- Charles Manson I have a problem.
Putting out the -- behind bars for life on.
He's back okay but listen to this is sound -- number six -- -- listen to the chief felony prosecutor.
The question is do you have to wait we actually has a body before you take him off the streets formally or do you take him off -- now and save somebody's life and the jury decided it was time for you know.
Questioned the citizens of Texas that of the community in which he was doing all the felony drunk driving Arthur have the final say.
While they do and that that's the argument I mean I'm putting on my dad as a prosecutor that is the argument we're basically.
Of course if you what you reported -- I think is seven arrests even of its three arrests.
They said at the -- according to that that got called at call mall I think it is -- criminal district attorney Jennifer parks and yet three misdemeanor DW I -- along with four felony DW I offenses -- at least eight DW I arrest happened in February so the one sentinel how how could any rational.
Citizen disagree with what the chief prosecutor said.
If -- -- -- with the vehicle on the ninth time -- kills them like the case that might have missed billboards above and and -- a fifteen year old girl which is the biggest strategy Stewart tragedy could think of all of these families involved.
Then why not do it now now life.
That's -- that's a very heavy sentence and -- -- do you put someone who's an alcoholic in the same category as Charles Manson.
It's hard to try to get -- breaks John I know they tried it didn't break after break and he he.
Wasn't able to turn around in a sad is that is should they have to live to -- this should the citizens of the community have to live.
With them ask well two things number one we know mega that this guy with a serious alcohol had a we know that.
He was driving with a point 44 admit your new had a point 44 blood alcohol level we will be debt that you need to it's -- get a case of beer myself it exactly the only and he could function with because his body was used to it that is some theories serious -- that he urinated on himself for the police now come on our -- now at the -- let's not forget that I'm I'm not getting.
You know that visited -- thing but if that thing if we take them off the road without locking it -- -- -- -- -- -- They -- they have they would been unsuccessful in doing so he has kind of -- when he was pulled over maybe he shouldn't have.
Clinton isn't the only heat up that -- you could have had what I did know.
Yet about drives they know knowing he did you know battle night the seventeen.
-- I have -- -- have at -- why don't we start with I don't know five years -- not why don't these look.
I -- -- know we can't discuss it ended up having Thanksgiving that's included about tomorrow.
Don't drink and -- we'll be --