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Man gets life for 8th drunken-driving conviction

Published On: Nov 27 2012 07:21:29 AM CST

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) -

A 45-year-old Texas Hill Country man is going to prison for at least 30 years after receiving his eighth conviction for drunken driving.

A jury in New Braunfels has sentenced Cornelio Garcia-Mata of New Braunfels to life imprisonment. Comal County District Attorney Jennifer Tharp said Monday that he must serve at least 30 years of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

The Comal County jury delivered the life sentence Nov. 16 at the request of prosecutors.

Tharp said Garcia was driving erratically late the afternoon of Feb. 26 on Interstate 35. Tharp said he was stopped with the aid of civilians and tests revealed a.446 percent blood-alcohol level. That's 5½ times the legal threshold for drunken driving in Texas.