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The ninth conviction was the breaking point for one Texas judge who earlier this week sentenced a habitual drunken driver to life in prison.

Bobby Stovall, 54, was driving his truck in Round Rock, Texas, in early July when he weaved through several lanes of traffic and hit another vehicle, injuring the driver. It was later determined that Stovall had a blood alcohol concentration of .32, four times the legal limit in Texas.

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.

Bradley said that in addition to the multiple DWI convictions , Stovall also had a extensive rap sheet for other crimes, including burglary, credit card abuse and supplying alcohol to a minor.

"He basically walked through the penal code for the past twenty years without any regard for safety or society," said Bradley. "In every single one of his cases he had an opportunity to change."

But some argue that Stovall's sentence was too harsh and that the court should have considered his struggle with alcoholism.

"This guy has a disease, he is an alcoholic and this isn't the kind of situation where he's acting with malice to hurt people," said Lawrence Taylor, a DUI lawyer and author of Drunk Driving Defense. "He has a serious problem and I hope the days are past where we think alcoholism is something you choose," said Taylor.

Taylor said that he does not agree with the judge's sentencing of Stovall and would have preferred more "rehabilitation" than "ending his life." "You're essentially doing just that, ending this man's life, at the expense of taxpayers," he said.

Bradley said that in addition to the multiple DWI convictions , Stovall also had a extensive rap sheet for other crimes, including burglary, credit card abuse and supplying alcohol to a minor.

"He basically walked through the penal code for the past twenty years without any regard for safety or society," said Bradley. "In every single one of his cases he had an opportunity to change."

This is someone who very deliberately has refused to make changes and continued to get drunk and get in a car and before he kills someone we decided to put him away," said Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley.

Bradley said that in addition to the multiple DWI convictions , Stovall also had a extensive rap sheet for other crimes, including burglary, credit card abuse and supplying alcohol to a minor.

"He basically walked through the penal code for the past twenty years without any regard for safety or society," said Bradley. "In every single one of his cases he had an opportunity to change."

But some argue that Stovall's sentence was too harsh and that the court should have considered his struggle with alcoholism.

"This guy has a disease, he is an alcoholic and this isn't the kind of situation where he's acting with malice to hurt people," said Lawrence Taylor, a DUI lawyer and author of "Drunk Driving Defense."

"He has a serious problem and I hope the days are past where we think alcoholism is something you choose," said Taylor. Taylor said that he does not agree with the judge's sentencing of Stovall and would have preferred more "rehabilitation" than "ending his life."

"You're essentially doing just that, ending this man's life, at the expense of taxpayers," he said.

But Bradley says that it's better to lock up a man like Stovall -- and prevent him from hurting someone in the future -- than give him yet another chance.

"I think that the ninth time you get caught and punished for [drunken driving] you would have found some way of not getting in that car," said Bradley. "It's a big dodge to focus on the disease and not the crime," said Bradley. "It's a huge social excuse for dangerous conduct."

Williamson County, Bradley said, has long had a reputation for handing down harsh sentences to those who commit violent felonies or who are repeat offenders. About two people per year receive sentences for repeat drunk driving convictions, said Bradley.

"The point is to prevent crimes," said Bradley, who added that the county boasts one of the lowest crime rates compared to other Texas counties of similar size. "If this guy was using a shotgun to shoot lights randomly around his neighborhood I doubt we'd be [getting criticized] for the sentencing," he said. "In this case he's simply using his truck as his weapon."

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Stovall would be eligible for parole in five years, but depending on his conduct in prison and other factors, that could be as long as 10 to 15 years. A phone message left with Stovall's lawyer wasn't immediatley returned.

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i'm with the judge on this one

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the judge is saying life like it aint someone's life

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f*ck cosigning the judge on this one

LIFE IN PRISON

haha, extreme aint even the word the guy needs help for his alcoholism

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the judge is saying life like it aint someone's life

only 5 years before he becomes eligible for parole to be fair

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You cant have d*ckheads like that driving around drunk, just a matter of time before someone got killed.

Life in jail is a bit too harsh tho, the guy should have just been sent to some sort of rehab for a few years.

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just clocked he looks like a trampy version of my grandad pmsl, i feel for the guy now

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This reminds me of Oz and Tobias Beechers situation, the judge will apologize later for his harshness. t'is mmkay.

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Agree with the judge

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i agree with the judge, being addicted to alcohol gives him not right get behind a wheel and be a danger to society.

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Wouldn't it be more fair to simply cripple the guy?

I'm pretty sure I'd rather be unable to use my legs than to live my life in jail.

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Looks like FarooqWas I the only one who read a sentence over 3 times?

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Surely it would be cheaper to pay for him to go to a secure rehab unit where he can get proper help to make him quit instead of going prison where will beaten up and maybe even raped and which will make him drink even more when he comes up

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Surely it would be cheaper to pay for him to go to a secure rehab unit where he can get proper help to make him quit instead of going prison where will beaten up and maybe even raped and which will make him drink even more when he comes up

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he's hardly being sent to a maximum security facility mate

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tuff sh*t! he's had ample time to try and change his ways and I fully agree with the judge... if he ran over and killed someones child after 8 drunk driving offences the public would be crying why wasn't he locked up before hand... he'll be out in a few years anyway but the msg needed to be sent

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The right option would be to ban him from driving for life and a HEFTY fine LDFO

The judge is wrong on this one

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The right option would be to ban him from driving for life and a HEFTY fine LDFO

The judge is wrong on this one

He's probably already been banned numerous times, and I guarantee he can't pay any hefty fines.

He's a menace with no regard for other people's safety.

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Do you know what his sentence was in all the previous convictions he's had for DUI?

The guy's probably been offered the means for rehabiliation plenty of times but enough is enough

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Nah

No

Naw

LIFE...is a pisstake.

The judge shouldn't be allowed to hand down a sentence like that for a crime like that.

The point is to prevent crimes," said Bradley, who added that the county boasts one of the lowest crime rates compared to other Texas counties of similar size. "If this guy was using a shotgun to shoot lights randomly around his neighborhood I doubt we'd be [getting criticized] for the sentencing," he said. "In this case he's simply using his truck as his weapon."

This is rediculous logic. Taken to an extreme it is Minority Report.

Even taken in moderation he is basically saying it is better to put people in jail to stop them from committing more crimes.

Theres pills you can take to help quit drinking - they make you sick if you try and drink. He could be sentenced to a long dose of these as some form of parole whereby if he doesnt take one on a given day he THEN gets jailed. Guy could just be an alcoholic, doesnt deserve life in jail for that.

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Habitual line-stepper.

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