Drunk Driver Gets 99 Years So 'We Can All Sleep at Night'

Jose Marin has been convicted of DWI eight times
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2016 4:29 PM CDT
Drunk Driver Gets 99 Years So 'We Can All Sleep at Night'
Jose Marin   (Hays County Jail)

A Texas prosecutor urged jurors to put a 64-year-old serial drunk driver away for a long time so "we can all sleep at night," the Houston Chronicle reports. So after nearly six hours of deliberation Thursday, a jury sentenced Jose Marin to 99 years in prison for his eighth DWI, according to KXAN. Marin had been convicted of driving drunk in 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, and twice in 1998. He was sentenced to nearly 43 years in prison total for those convictions but was released on parole in 2003. He was still on parole in January 2015 when he was arrested doing 75mph in a 45mph zone, KVUE reports. Prosecutor Jennifer Stalbaum said the only way to keep Marin from driving drunk again is to keep him in prison. He'll be eligible for parole after 15 years. (More drunk driving stories.)

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