Texas man with 10 DUI convictions sentenced to life behind bars
(Click 2 Houston) MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – A jury gave a Montgomery County man two life sentences for driving drunk and threatening to kill deputies.
Bobby Gene Martin, 64, was on trial for DWI and retaliation. On Wednesday, jurors deliberating one hour before finding him guilty on both third-degree felony charges.
This was Martin’s 10th DWI. The most recent drunk-driving charge was from an incident on Aug. 2 on FM 1485 near Peach Creek in east Montgomery County. On that day, Martin wrecked his truck. Several people called 911 to report the accident.
The wrecker driver, who arrived first, told deputies Martin asked him to tow his truck and take him home because he did not want another DWI.
When the first deputy arrived, he found the truck but Martin was no longer at the scene. After a brief search, the deputy found Martin hiding in a drainage ditch in waist-deep water.
Martin failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. A blood test later revealed that Martin’s blood alcohol level was 0.217. That is more than 2 1/2 times the legal limit.
The deputy said that as he transported Martin to jail, Martin made repeated threats against the deputy and his family. At the jail, Martin threatened to kill another deputy.
During the punishment phase of the trial, jurors learned that this was Martin’s 10th DWI. They also learned about his criminal past, which included three separate trips to prison – two for DWI and one for evading arrest in a motor vehicle.
The jury deliberated three hours before returning two life sentences for Martin.
After the verdict and punishment decision, Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said, “I have said many times that intoxicated drivers are one of the biggest threats to our community’s safety. My prosecutors are as dedicated as I am to preventing this crime. But for those we cannot prevent, we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. The jury today reiterated what I’ve always known – that habitual criminals have no place in Montgomery County.”