WACO, Texas (AP) - A man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of drunken driving — his ninth such charge since 1984.
Russell Don Sneed faced a minimum 25-year penalty when McLennan County jurors sentenced him in Waco on Thursday, a day after his conviction.
Defense attorney Melanie Walker had told jurors no one was seriously injured in last year's rollover accident and her client suffers from alcoholism.
However, prosecutor Lauren McLeod said alcoholism is no excuse for criminal behavior.
The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that the 52-year-old Sneed and his wife both testified that she was driving. Karroll Sneed told jurors she fled over fears of being jailed on misdemeanor warrants. Sneed said he took the blame out of concern for his wife, who had recently suffered a stroke.
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