BURNET, Texas (KXAN) — A man found guilty on felony charges of driving while intoxicated was sentenced to life in prison by a Burnet County jury on Tuesday.
It took a jury less than 30 minutes to find 46-year-old Terry Lynn Stevens guilty. Driving while intoxicated is a felony offense after a person has been convicted two or more times. Stevens had been convicted of DWI six times in the past.
In the most recent incident, Stevens was arrested after driving his truck into a fence while trying to enter a gated community in Marble Falls. Lab analysis showed his blood-alcohol levels were more than three times the legal limit, according to the Burnet County District Attorney.
“This man had multiple opportunities to correct his behavior over the years, but failed to do so,” said Assistant District Attorney Blake Ewing. “It was obvious that the only way to keep him off the streets was to put him in prison, and the jury clearly agreed.”
Stevens had previously served prison time in 1996 in 2004 for DWI.
In June, 72-year-old Richard Lee Pollard was sentenced to life in prison by a Llano County jury. He had seven prior DWI convictions.