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BY Francis Akhalbey, 9:00am December 08, 2023,

Texas man gets 99 years in prison for 7th DWI

Virgil Bryant III was sentenced to 99 years in prison for committing his 7th DWI -- Photo Credit: Ellis County

A Texas man accused of driving while intoxicated for the seventh time was sentenced to 99 years in prison for being a repeat offender. Per FOX 4, Virgil Bryant III was convicted by an Ellis County jury.

Bryant’s July 15 arrest came after he was spotted driving unusually on Highway 287 and causing another motorist to drive off the road. A cold six-pack, with two beers unaccounted for, was also found in the convicted man’s car.

Bryant’s blood alcohol concentration, which stood at 0.245, was over three times the legal limit, FOX 4 reported. This was also the seventh time in 14 years that Bryant had been arrested and charged for driving while intoxicated.

In 2009, Bryant was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his sixth DWI. The repeat offender was, however, released on parole in 2019. Bryant’s felony history also resulted in the punishment range being upgraded to 25 years to life in prison, while the jury also established he used his car as a deadly weapon.

In November, a woman, who allegedly bragged about being the “best drunk driver” before shortly killing three people in a DUI crash, was sentenced to 27 and a half to 60 years in prison after she entered a guilty plea, Face2Face Africa reported.

Jayana Webb fatally struck two state troopers and another individual on I-95 in South Philadelphia in March 2022. The deceased law enforcement officials, identified as Branden Sisca and Martin Mack, were assisting a third individual when Webb struck and killed all of them, per CBS News.

Webb, who is currently pregnant, told the court she was indeed driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the fatal incident. She was sentenced after she pleaded guilty to three counts of 3rd-degree murder and driving under the influence. The convicted woman will also not face trial due to the plea she entered.

Officials said Webb’s blood alcohol content was over double the legal limit, per FOX 29. And Webb, who was arrested in the aftermath of the incident, is said to have seemingly bragged about her drunk-driving prowess in a previous X (formerly Twitter) post.

“If you ask me, I’m the best drunk driver ever,” the January post read. Moments before the fatal crash, a law enforcement source told the news outlet that Webb’s vehicle had been pulled over by state police. But that traffic stop ended up being brief as troopers had to respond to calls about a civilian walking on the I-95.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: December 8, 2023


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