Georgetown man gets nearly 11 years for DUIs

By From page A3 | August 16, 2013

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.

Cole Mayer

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