A Hood County man convicted of his ninth DWI received the maximum sentence of 99 years in prison last week, District Attorney Rob Christian said.
Wayland Terry Green, 49, of the 3200 block of Crystal Court in the Lakeside Hills subdivision, had previous DWI convictions in 1982, 1983 (twice), 1988, 1990, 1992 and 2000 (twice), all in Hood County, Christian said.
Green had been to prison at least two previous times, Christian noted, and got out on parole before his most recent arrest, Feb. 26, 2012.
He was pulled over because of speedy and erratic driving at about 1 a.m. by security officers in the Indian Harbor subdivision.
At that time, Green’s blood alcohol content was measured at .196, more than twice the legal limit of .08, Christian said.
“For that reason, Green’s punishment range was enhanced to the status of habitual offender with a punishment range of 25-99 years or life in the penitentiary,” Christian said. “Green will be eligible for parole when his actual time served plus any good time credit equals 15 years.”
Green was involved in two bizarre incidents in recent months, Christian noted, including one in which he assaulted a Sheriff’s Office transport deputy by biting one of his ears while being restrained.
“Green could have been charged with assault on a public servant, but was not charged in hope of a maximum sentence on the DWI, which would render a trial on the assault case unnecessary,” Christian said.
The other incident, in which Green was alleged to have caused more than $11,000 worth of damage using a road grader while he was out of jail on bond, was presented to the jury during the punishment phase, Christian said.
“According to witnesses, in May of 2012, Green, while extremely intoxicated on a mixture of alcohol and methamphetamine, stole a Hood County Road Operations road grader from a construction site,” Christian said.
The damage was done to a driveway and land of one of Green’s neighbors on Contrary Creek Road, Christian said. Green also severed a water main line and punctured a tire on the road grader before fleeing the scene, witnesses said.
“Green also had convictions for possession of marijuana and multiple convictions for driving with an invalid license,” Christian said.
Green’s attorney, Richard Hattox, asked the jury to sentence Green to 25-30 years “to give him some hope of life after prison,” Christian noted.
“In asking for a 99-year sentence, Assistant D.A. (Patrick) Berry told the jury that they needed to protect the citizens of Hood County and send a message to others that such behavior would not be tolerated in our community,” Christian said.
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