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Published on Nov 19, 2012
By: Jennifer SaucedoIt took jurors around twenty minutes to give Cornelio Garcia-Mata a life sentence.In late February, authorities say Garcia-Mata was driving nearly six times the legal alcohol limit, when he was pulled over off Interstate 35 in New Braunfels."Subsequent blood tests shows that his blood alcohol was .446," said Comal County Chief Felony Prosecutor, Sammy McCrary.Officials say this was Garcia-Mata's eighth arrest for driving while intoxicated."This individual has jeopardized the safety of so many innocent citizens traveling up and down our highways," said Comal County Criminal District Attorney Jennifer Tharp.Garcia-Mata got his first DWI in 1990. While on probation, he racked up his second.Since he's a habitual offender he faced 25 years to life in prison for his latest offense.Tharp said Garcia-Mata got too many second chances at rehabilitation."When you look at the facts of this case, you will see an individual that had multiple opportunities, was given chances not only to rehabilitation services, alcohol treatment -you name it," said Tharp.McCrary says Garcia-Mata admitted to the crime, but would never say he was guilty."It was a good verdict for the community," said McCrary. "That's somebody we won't have to worry about killing somebody."Garcia-Mata will be eligible for parole in thirty years.