Houston Man Given Life After Eighth Conviction For DUI

Cornelio Garcia-Mata, 45, has the rare distinction of being sentenced to life in prison for drunk driving. Garcia-Mata has been arrested eight times for drunk driving and has been sentenced as a repeat offender to spend the rest of his days in prison.

Garcia-Mata’s final DUI showed him with a blood alcohol level that was nearly 6 times the legal limit — the equivalent to consuming 23.5 beers. That was number eight for Garcia-Mata. His first came in 1990 and his second came while he was on probation for the first.

The video below shows the arrest from the dashcam on the police cruiser. On the film, Garcia-Mata insists “I’m not drinking.”

The jury returned the life sentence.

What I fail to understand is why Garcia-Mata still had a license. In 2008, Garcia-Mata served only two years on a six year sentence and clearly was able to eventually get a license. Shouldn’t that be the first step before the life sentence? This is akin to letting a person who drives on the sidewalk around a bus to resume driving so long as she wears a humiliating sign for a couple of days. I am astonished that Garcia-Mata was allowed to drive at all. None of the stories suggest that he is driving without a license.

Source: CBS

70 thoughts on “Houston Man Given Life After Eighth Conviction For DUI”

  1. Law abiding people and those in law enforcement find it discouraging to see so many criminals who commit serious crimes and then to have them pled down with a slap on the wrist.

    It’s nice to see that someone is stepping up to try to make sure justice is served up!



  2. There is nothing in any of the articles I read related to this incident that indicate Cornelio Garcia-Mata is anything other than a U.S. citizen or here legally.

  3. requestmail did I miss something? He has a “Mexican” name but I didnt see where he was not born in the US

  4. This man will now cost Texas taxpayers $748650.00 for his prison stay. I say we send him to Mexico and revoke his entry back into the US.

  5. Jonathan said:

    “You have the verses severely lopsided, and contorted beyond recognition of what the lord wanted to teach.”

    No, Jonathan. The verses are quoted word for word.

    The contortions are not my doing. It is quotes such as the above, which cause millions of thinking humans to doubt such lines would ever be spoken by the son of the Creator.

    If you personally choose to believe that the Messiah could have walked the entire earth but didn’t; while giving a wink & a nod to the monstrous ugliness of slavery, then that is your choice.

    But preaching such inanity to the prescient contributors to this site is likely a frangible exercise.

  6. Jonathan:

    This also is written in the King James version of the Bible, and is also ascribed to Jesus:

    “Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward” (1 Peter 2:18). “Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ” (Ephesians 6:5).

    Now with no sarcasm at all, I repeat the same question I asked you 8 months ago:

    Is this the same Jesus you refer to, or some other one?

    1. Jesus is the servant of all of us.Don;t forget this verse OH ye that takes verses out of context. That is constant with accusers. 9And, ye masters, do the same things unto them.This means we are to serve each other. with the Lord in us that serves all. You see that verse even as the devil see it. Get thee behind me Satan!

    2. PatricParamedic like I showed you . Jesus wants us to serve each other. You have the verses severely lopsided, and contorted beyond recognition of what the lord wanted to teach.

    1. Gene H.: I see a good spirit in you with bad people calling you a devil. Good people will call the spirit in you good even if they know the sex you do is different in name to what they do. They will not call you evil not saying you are naughtily even if seen nude. Devils will say naked is naughty.. The people that drink irresponsibly don’t think of others or themselves. To get them to think of themselves would help them to think of others. That will prepare them for eternity.The right words are not being spoken to them. The care on upcspine, and upper cervical heath centers can help too, all ages..

  7. raff,

    I didn’t say an angel to how many, but grandma counts for at least one. 😀

    Aww, who am I kidding!

    My grandmother knew exactly what kind of lil’ devil I could be.

  8. Malisha wrote:

    “Wait, how come such a high alcohol content is not DWI? DUI is a lesser charge; isn’t it?”
    DUI or DWI is just a matter of the name. Probably most states use DUI while others, such as Texas use DWI. Driving Under the Influence vs Driving While Intoxicated. DUI seems to have become more commonly used over the years. DUI in my view typically is better from a legal standpoint as it defines the influence of the substance more clearly which is more or less at the heart of the law.

    1. God who made all that people use, see, hear, touch, smell, and eat will determine who gets what.

      Romans 14 >>

      King James Version 10But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

      11For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

      12So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

  9. Jonathan Hughes,

    How many times must I say this? My “soul” is none of your damn business. It’s not the business of government or anyone else for that matter.

    1. Gene H: You will know where your soul is heading according to what you give. Give good, and you will not gnashing your teeth in unspeakable agony unparallelled by any know agony known to man, seeing what you threw away just before being obliterated into nothingness. Refusing to do the good works Jesus would do is asking for what I just described.

  10. Normal people don’t drink and drive in Sweden. We are apparently influenced by campaigns here.
    It limits life, but we survive.

    Holier than thou, naw, just I can’t hold my booze and don’t overindulge after youthful indiscretions.

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