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Georgetown man gets nearly 11 years for DUIs

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From page A3 | August 16, 2013 | 9 Comments

Martin James Preston

James Preston Martin

A man convicted of DUI was sentenced to 10 years, 8 months in state prison Tuesday.

James Preston Martin, 53, of Georgetown, was sentenced after being found guilty by a jury of two incidents of driving while under the influence and driving without a valid license, a press release stated. Judge Warren Stracener also revoked Martin’s license for 10 years starting when Martin is released from prison, and declared the man to be a habitual offender.

The first incident occurred on Jan. 24, 2012. Martin drove to the Georgetown Gas and Go mini-mart and lost his keys. He searched for his keys for “an extended period.” Meanwhile, he was reported by a 911 caller who feared that Martin would leave, driving while under the influence of alcohol.

When CHP Officer Kevin Bliss arrived at the mini-mart, Martin was still looking for his keys. Bliss did not see Martin drive, but he noticed a security camera at the station. Bliss was able to obtain video evidence of Martin’s DUI, which was later presented to a jury during Martin’s trial.

Martin drove his vehicle off Highway 193 in Georgetown in a second incident on Aug. 3, 2012. He damaged his vehicle and sustained minor injuries.

The sentence was the maximum allowed under the law due to a prior felony DUI and Martin’s criminal record, said deputy district attorney Michael Pizzuti, the prosecutor of the case. Pizzuti broke down the sentencing: For the two DUI incidents, he received three years, eight months. A misdemeanor for driving on a suspended license from having a DUI added a year. He also had an enhancement of being out on bail during the second incident from the first incident and an enhancement for serving four prior prison terms for DUIs, adding time on up to the total of 10 years, 8 months. Pizzuti also noted that this was Stracener’s first criminal sentencing.

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  • sallyAugust 16, 2013 - 5:06 am

    well in prison he will have a roof over his head a shower 3 meals a haircut he will get treated better than our elderly he will also have medical and anything else the scum can mooch so sad

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  • BOBAugust 16, 2013 - 8:58 am

    That's to much, unjust sentencing the judge is way out of line

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  • Rob CareyAugust 16, 2013 - 9:44 am

    I'm with Bob. That sentence is just ridiculous. I'll keep this in mind next election

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  • Oh BrotherAugust 16, 2013 - 10:10 am

    I think if he had hit and hurt or killed one of your loved ones you wouldn't think the sentencing was out of line. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing, just a thought. Of course he isn't a pretty little blond woman so maybe??? Judge Phimster feels sorry for the little blond that was drunk and hit two bicyclists in El Do Hills hmmm

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  • JakeAugust 16, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    So we have to wait for him to hurt and/or kill innocent people to hand him an extended sentence? That's a great way to look at it; let's be reactive and not proactive. How would the comments read if this was his 3rd incident that resulted in death of someone and the 2 prior incidents went unpunished? Just food for thought....

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  • Rob CareyAugust 16, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Oh brother and Jake. You have incredible logical thinking skills, especially for communist Chinese. I wonder what I could sentence either of you for, for crimes you have yet to commit. Also : people who use false names on here are spineless cowards

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  • oh brotherAugust 16, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    Mr. Carey, am I misreading the last paragraph of this article? Does it say he had already served 4 other prison terms? If I have interpreted this incorrectly please inform me. If he has served prior time then of course he will get more punishment.

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  • Rob CareyAugust 16, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    Hmmm maybe I didn't read that right the first time. My bad. Still not sure the sentence was the right one. Obviously the guy needs help

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  • oh brotherAugust 16, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    Yep I wish anyone with addiction issues help. I've been involved with celebrate recovery for my sons problems and learned no matter how much we want the best for a person, they have to want it first. Really painful for all involved. But we have to keep on trying!!

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