Man Jailed for DUI ... for 13 Years
Timothy Morrow has been convicted of drunk driving eight times
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 2, 2013 8:58 AM CDT
Updated May 5, 2013 6:00 PM CDT
Timothy Morrow apparently couldn't stop driving drunk.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – 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."

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May 6, 2013 11:25 PM CDT
They need to end public advertising of Alcohol, just as they did with Cigarettes. For damn sure end it for all professional and college Sporting events and televised games. The public doesn't need to be enticed into drinking more.
May 6, 2013 8:53 AM CDT
laws are far too lenient. he should have been doing serious time by #3. at #3 it should have been 3 years minimum. no time off for good behavior or that other bs. then each one after # 3 should double the time of the previous one. #4 is 6 years, #5 is 12 years...etc.
May 6, 2013 2:47 AM CDT
everbody's gotta get real here...when ya think of how much dope 'n booze is bein' done by ppl, ya gotta know that a lot of 'em out there are never really 'sober'! i see other workers still fried from the night before!