Prosecutor: ‘Habitual’ offender gets 30 years

January 1, 2014

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A 50-year-old Granbury woman with multiple felony convictions on her record was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.

Leslie Gay Hughes, of the 1000 block of Spring Ridge Circle, elected to have her punishment assessed by Judge Ralph Walton rather than a jury, District Attorney Rob Christian said.

“Ms. Hughes’ criminal history included two prior trips to the penitentiary for Felony Driving While Intoxicated convictions out of Tarrant County in 1999 and 2006,” Christian said. “Ms. Hughes had two additional prior convictions out of Tarrant County which were misdemeanors in 1994 and 1995. Additionally, Ms. Hughes had been to the State Jail for possession of cocaine in 1995.”

Christian said that because of the previous offenses, she was considered a habitual offender, which made the punishment range 25 years to a maximum of 99 years or life in prison. Although several witnesses testified and asked for mercy on behalf of Hughes, evidence showed that she had violated her bond conditions by consuming alcohol several times prior to the start of the trial, Christian said.

Walton recommended that Hughes have substance abuse treatment while in the penitentiary before any potential release on parole, which Christian said could come in less than 7-1/2 years.

Hughes was arrested on Dec. 21 of last year after failing field sobriety tests during a traffic stop. She submitted to a blood test, which showed her blood alcohol level at .209 – more than twice the legal limit, Christian said.

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