When does a DUI conviction carry a 13-year prison sentence? Apparently, when it's your eighth one. That's what Timothy Morrow, 43, found out this week, the Chicago Tribune reports. Morrow has not only been convicted eight times—with the first coming at age 17—he's been cited nine more times for driving while intoxicated, and twice for boating under the influence, said prosecutor Ben Dillon, who dramatically referred to Morrow as the "grim reaper to every driver on the road." Morrow has had two previous stints in jail, once in 1995 for DUI, and once in 1996 for driving without a license.
"It defies logic," Dillon said. "It is clear this defendant just doesn't get it and doesn't care." Morrow pleaded for leniency, telling the court he was abused as a child and that the police hadn't listened when he reported it. The judge said that might help explain what "makes Timothy Morrow tick," but that lots of abused people don't constantly drive drunk. "You say you made a mistake," he says. "You've made mistake after mistake after mistake, for 25 years."