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.