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After Eight DWIs And Blowing A .446, This Texas Man Was Sentenced To Life In Prison

Illustration for article titled After Eight DWIs And Blowing A .446, This Texas Man Was Sentenced To Life In Prison

Should getting arrested for driving while intoxicated get you sentenced to life in prison? How about if you've been caught doing it eight times?

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That's what happened to this man, 45-year-old Cornelio Garcia-Mata of New Braunfels, Texas. Garcia-Mata was sentenced to life in prison earlier this week, according to this report from CBS News in Houston.

Apparently, Garcia-Mata was arrested in February for drunken driving and found to have a blood-alcohol level of .446 — that's more than six times the legal limit, CBS News reports. I've never heard of anyone drinking that much and living to tell the tale. Guy could be a Jalopnik writer with that kind of alcohol tolerance.

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Anyway, this wasn't Garcia-Mata's first time getting arrested for drunken driving — far from it. CBS reports that "he had seven prior DWI convictions out of Guadalupe County, which included felony charges." He will be eligible for parole when he is 75.

Frankly, I'm amazed that he hasn't killed someone — or himself — with this kind of drinking and driving so far.

What do you think, Jalops? Is this too harsh a sentence, or did this guy have it coming?

Thanks for the tip SuperCharger.Heaven!

Photo credit Shutterstock/CBS

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I don't believe that he should have life in prison, given he didn't kill anyone, maybe 5-10 years. What I'd like to know is why the hell his license wasn't revoked and him permanently banned from driving before he even managed to grab his 8th DUI?