• May 22nd 2012 at 2:00PM
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Stephen Andrew Hall was sentenced to 45 years in prison... Stephen Andrew Hall was sentenced to 45 years in prison (CBSDFW, Tarrant Co. District Attorney’s Office).
Last week, New Jersey officials expressed exasperation with their inability to keep a drunken man off the road after he was arrested for driving under the influence five times in a five-week span.

Perhaps they can receive some legal advice from their counterparts in Texas.

A county judge in Fort Worth sentenced a man to 45 years in prison last week after he was convicted of his fifth DWI. In Stephen Andrew Hall's latest case, his blood-alcohol content was .18, more than twice the legal limit. Jurors convicted him in four minutes.

Hall, 59, must serve at least 11 years of the sentence, according to Time Magazine. Although he chose to have the judge determine his punishment, he later said the punishment was "pretty weak," according to the Tarrant County district attorney's office.

The office told KSEE-TV that the punishment was appropriate, "considering his prior DWI history. (The) sentence ensures that he will not be able to drive a vehicle on our roads for a very long time."

In Vineland, N.J., Anderson Sotomayor had five arrests in the past five weeks. Those cases have not yet gone to trial. But he has two prior convictions for DUI, and his license has been suspended 23 times.



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      rufus
      • 3 Years Ago
      good.
      • 3 Years Ago
      We recently had a woman swerve around a school bus at 7:30am, drive onto the lawn and mow down a family of four which included the father, four year old son, his older sister (6?) and their cousin as they waited for the bus to pull up to their stop. This happy drunk was already out of jail, waiting a trial date the following week! She had several prior arrests as well, but like the others mentioned in these articles her sentences were suspended. Maybe this time someone will punish her accordingly before she does more than put a little boy in the hospital with a coma for a week, his sister in a wheelchair or her father on cructhes! Yes, there are worse, more violent crimes, but it seems to me that drunk driving is the least punished of them all. Maybe that is why no one seems to take it seriously....
      xblndeeoo4x
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL shock collar I love that one!!!
      Don
      • 3 Years Ago
      About time soneone had the guts to give a decent sentence to a 5 time offender ....
      Tammy
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is no excuse for anyone to get a dui. None. If you are going out to dinner, a bar or a party etc and KNOW there will be alcohol served and you will probably have some, then make arrangements for transportation before you leave your house and are sober. All drunks think they are capable of driving. Anyone who gets caught driving while intoxicated should be punished enough the FIRST time so that they do not want to go through it again. This idiot should have been locked away years ago along with a lot of others.
      esstgee2000@yahoo.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      i forgot to mention too that we must remember that nobody was killed or hurt in any way. That's important to note because we cannot legislate and create laws that severely punish people for what they "could have" done or caused to happen. That is indeed a dangerous trend. You certainly don't want to be imprisoned for dangerously crossing the street, potentially causing accidents and potential injuries, even though you crossed the street without incident. Law is based on what happened, ones actions, not on what a person may or may not have done. Basically, any reasonable person would agree that punishments should fit the actual crime in context and result.
      WatergirlHawaii
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree that repeat offenders shoud be forced off the road, but taxpayers should not have to pay for thier room and board, medical, dental, etc. in jail! IMHO... People with multiple DUIs should be implanted with Anti-Abuse medications that prevents them from getting drunk; these meds empty the stomach as soon as alcohol is consumed, which prevents intoxication. This solves both our and thier DUI problems, it also allows them to work for a living and provide for themselves, just like the rest of us have too.
      markjsunz
      • 3 Years Ago
      How many times has this guy driven drunk without getting caught? He is a danger to society and if let loose will kill someone. The law is the law and the judge has the final say. 5 drunk driving arrests this guy deserves it.
      jorwmu
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a joke! DUI is the only "crime" you get convicted of for something you "could've" done! Until you actually hurt someone in an accident, 45 years in jail is a brutal sentence. FYI 1.8 isn't even that drunk! Most guys that get pulled over blow over a 2! This poor guy is getting screwed so private prisons can reap the taxpayers money!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jorwmu
        Actually there are other crimes where people are busted for things they could of done or might do. Possesing a large amount of any kind of illegal drugs always gets an intent to sell or distribute even if the person was stocking up on their meth / weed or pill supply for the year. Then the child porn downloaders of course. I'm sure there are other examples. However with this guy if one life is saved its worthwhile and with an alcoholic of his magnitude a life has probably already been saved.
        dytimmys
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jorwmu
        Your nuts getting sewed to your anus wouldn't be a crime in your world then either ....would it?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jorwmu
        Your ignorance shines! You obviously fail to understand the reason for the sentence. His time in prison ensures that he is not given the chance to kill anyone while driving drunk, because his history shows that he WILL drive drunk again. These are the facts the judge was considering during his sentencing. It's too bad stupidity isn't a crime, or else you'd be locked up right beside him!
        Jacob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jorwmu
        The feds pay these private prisons roughly 76 THOUSAND dollars per head in their prison. Lucrative business. Wake the **** up people, all laws criminalizing something means its too easy to make and cannot be used by a corporation to turn profit, so they resort to making money through the courts, fines and the prison system. Alcohol was far too hard to produce in quality, especially to rely on fines and such. They needed industry for this! Thus, tobacco and alcohol, the two drugs that require a massive operation to produce in profit, are LEGAL.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jorwmu
        jorwmu, it is a crime to drive drunk. If you hurt someone it is an additional charge. I think you’re a drinker and that's why you think this is harsh. Please try and explain away his other 4 convictions now. We’ll wait while you finish your beer.
          Jacob
          • 3 Years Ago
          No society can flourish when we prefer to lock a man who is suffering from a mental disease in a cage for 45 years, rather than force him into help. We have identified the genes responsible for the urge to drink like he does, and yet we lock them up to profit on them, rather than making them better. That is evil...
      richman99
      • 3 Years Ago
      He should be forced to serve even longer than 5 years!! I wish that they were at least this tough on all the IDIOTS up here in Wisconsin that continue to Drink and Drive time and time again... they treat it as such a joke up here!!
        DaMomb01
        • 3 Years Ago
        @richman99
        I SO agree with you about WI! Nothing gets my blood pressure up like reading the traffic offenses in the paper...John Doe: DUI, 6th offense after revocation! Those are the idiots who kill the mom and her four kids coming home from a dance recital - and live to tell about it! gggrrrr!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @richman99
        Uhhh, he is.......The article clearly states he was sentenced to 45 and must serve at least 11 of those years.
      Buckingham's
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about taking away his license to drive PERMANENTLY? Driving is a PRIVILEDGE, not a right.
        ThisIsNuts!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Buckingham's
        People like this do not possess "better judgement" skills when they have the need to drink. Having them remove the little card in their wallet would not stop them from driving.
      abupaul
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that the front end of a mullet by any chance?
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