A Houston man with 5 prior convictions for driving whereas intoxicated was sentenced to 35 years in jail for a 2018 drunk-driving crash that killed a father of 4 in Harris County.
In a Saturday information launch, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg stated 50-year-old Owen McNett was convicted of felony homicide by a jury final month.
He in the end selected to have his punishment decided by State District Choose Lori Chambers Grey, who moved McNett’s sentencing to Nov. 16 after listening to from his protection counsel.
McNett was charged with felony homicide as a result of he prompted a loss of life whereas committing one other felony. The DA’s workplace was searching for a life sentence for McNett.
On Wednesday, McNett was sentenced to 35 years in jail for the Feb. 9, 2018 crash that killed 54-year-old Wayne Childers. McNett was driving a Ram 1500 pickup truck when he drove via a cease signal at a three-way cease in Cypress at 40 mph, T-boning Childers on the motive force’s facet of his Buick Verano and killing him.
“A totally harmless father of 4 misplaced his life as a result of this man couldn’t cease consuming and driving,” Ogg stated. “When repeat offenders proceed to drive drunk time after time, it means nobody is protected on our streets and highways.”
McNett was arrested on the hospital by a Harris County deputy. At the moment, his blood alcohol level was .31, which is sort of 4 occasions the authorized restrict of .08.
Previous to the deadly crash, McNett had an extended historical past of driving whereas drunk and even served three stints in jail due to it, in line with the Harris County DA’s Workplace.
In 1992, McNett was convicted of a DWI cost in Kimble County and placed on probation. 4 years later, he was arrested in Tarrant County for his second DWI and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
In 2006, McNett was convicted on his third DWI cost in Johnson County, which resulted in seven-year jail sentence. The subsequent 12 months, he was arrested in Houston for his fourth DWI and in the end sentenced to 4 years in jail.
In November 2012, he was arrested by DPS troopers in McLennan County and sentenced to 6 years in jail, marking McNett’s fifth DWI conviction on the time.
The 2018 crash happened whereas McNett was on parole for the fifth DWI conviction.
“This can be a repeat offender who was on parole for driving drunk when he killed a husband and father of 4,” Ogg stated after McNett’s conviction. “He was a one-man crime wave on wheels, and it was only a matter of time till he killed somebody.”