SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A San Marcos man who has been in and out of prison for numerous DWI convictions over the past 30 years will now spend 99 years in prison for his eighth DWI conviction. The jury deliberated for nearly six hours before sentencing Jose Marin, 64, to the lengthy prison sentence.
Marin’s DWI history goes all the way back to 1983. For his previous seven convictions, he was sentenced to prison three times. He was released early from prison in 2003 and was on parole when he was arrested on his eighth DWI offense on Jan. 17, 2015 after an officer spotted him driving 75 mph in a 45 mph zone and weaving.
The DA’s Office says Marin will be eligible for parole after he has obtained credit for 15 years in prison, however, eligibility for parole does not guarantee parole will be granted.
Marin’s DWI Convictions:
- 1986 (sentenced to 33 months in prison)
- 1990 (sentenced to 5 years in prison)
- 1998 – 2 convictions (sentenced to 10 years and 25 years in prison in separate cases for offenses occurring about 3 months apart)
- 2016 (sentenced to 99 years in prison)
In 2015, Texas implemented a new law that aims to stop people from re-offending—even a second time—by actually giving them the option to get back in the driver’s seat. Some first-time offenders can choose to continue driving with one condition: they install an ignition interlock device in their car.
Research shows the technology reduces recidivism and has an even greater chance of changing an offender’s behavior when used with treatment and education. Another deterrent for re-offending, the device gets expensive, costing users monthly.
The duration for which a person is suspended and can only operate vehicles with an ignition interlock is determined by the following:
- 1st offense: .08 BAC or greater: 90 days to one year
- 2nd offense: 180 days to two years
- 2nd or 3rd offense: one year to two years