Man convicted in 4th DWI
By LeaAnne Klentzman
In the same court where, less than a month ago, a former deputy sheriff was sentenced to probation for killing his girlfriend/ co-worker in a drunk driving accident, another local man is sentenced to 15 years for his fourth DWI.
Four times Jamie Lee Gamez, 37 of Needville, has been arrested and convicted of DWI. On his fourth run before the courts he was again convicted only this time he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Gamez’s last DWI, and the one that has earned him prison time, began in August of 2012 when he was stopped by Sugar Land Police officers for driving the wrong way on US 59.
According to the prosecution, Gamez was seen by Sugar Land Police officer Benny Gonzales about 3:15 a.m. on August 26, 2012 traveling the wrong way on the freeway. Gonzales and several other officers quickly closed the freeway and arrested Gamez for DWI.
It took the jury 40 minutes to determine Gamez’s fate after listening to the guilt and innocence phase of the trial followed by the punishment phase.
During punishment the jury heard testimony on Gamez’s lengthy DWI history as well as other felony convictions. That jury also heard testimony on a 2003 case where Gamez assaulted his mother; in less than an hour, he was looking at 15 years in the state penitentiary.
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