Longview Man sentenced 14 years for felony DWI charge
Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:16 am
Robin Y. Richardson, Marshall News Messenger
A Longview man convicted of felony DWI has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the crime.
The defendant, 50-year-old Jeffery Lynn Ross, pleaded guilty before 71st Judicial District Court Judge William T. Hughey.
According to his arrest report, State Trooper Allan Danglebeu stopped Ross on Farm-to-Market Road 2208 in Harrison County the night of May 28, after observing his vehicle swerve and cross over into the lane of oncoming traffic, then swerve back over into his lane of traffic. Ross reeked of alcohol and seemed a bit incoherent when the officer approached him during the traffic stop.
The defendant was arrested after failing a variety of sobriety tests.
According to his presentencing report, Ross began drinking at age 14 when his sister died in an accident. He has been on probation, served time in county jail and prison for previous DWIs. Ross, who admitted using drugs occasionally, noted he was released from prison last June and remained sober until his father died last November.
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