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E. Texas man gets seven years for 5th DWI

Gary Wayne Mauldin. Photo Source: Henderson County Jail. Gary Wayne Mauldin. Photo Source: Henderson County Jail.

Release by Henderson County DA:

HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - On Thursday, October 13, 2011, Gary Wayne Mauldin, II, 34, of Frankston, was sentenced to a 7 year prison term for his 5th DWI conviction. Judge Dan Moore of 173rd Judicial District Court ordered the confinement after a punishment hearing took place in his Court.  Assistant District Attorneys Justin Weiner and Nancy Rumar prosecuted the case on behalf of the District Attorney's Office.

In the hearing, Mauldin testified in his own defense and stated that he did not believe that he had a drinking problem and that he did not need treatment. Mr. Weiner focused on Mauldin's excessive denial and his failure to ever successfully complete a probated sentence in his closing argument and asked the Court to sentence Mauldin to a prison term.

Mauldin was convicted by a Henderson County jury in Judge Moore's Court last August.  After a 2-day trial, the jury deliberated for less than two hours before rendering the guilty verdict.

Mauldin had been pulled over at 1:42 a.m., by State Trooper John Massey on March 31 of last year on State Highway 155, near the Briarwood Bay Subdivision entrance. He was driving a car that did not have insurance, and was also driving without a valid driver's license.  Mauldin's license was suspended after a previous DWI.

After the failure of multiple field-sobriety tests, Mauldin was arrested for driving while intoxicated.  Blood tests later confirmed his intoxication, revealing a blood-alcohol content of .12.

District Attorney Scott McKee indicated that he continues to work with the County's law enforcement agencies to get drunk drivers off the streets.  McKee is also a strong advocate for Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and received their difference maker of the year award in 2010.

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