A Paradise man charged with assaulting a former girlfriend and driving while intoxicated for at least the third time accepted a plea bargain for 12 years in prison on Monday.
Steven K. Wilson, 32, was arrested July 30, 2012, for DWI. That night Wilson had called and threatened his wife, from whom he was separated at the time.
“When he arrived at her house, sheriff’s deputies were there waiting for him,” said Assistant District Attorney Jay Latham. “They could tell he’d been drinking. He did well on the field sobriety tests, but he had a .11 blood alcohol content – .08 is the limit.”
While awaiting trial on the felony DWI charge, Wilson was arrested again Feb. 23 for assaulting a girlfriend.
Wilson had been found guilty a few times already in Wise County: May 5, 2004; Oct. 7, 2004; and Jan. 31, 2008. He’d been sentenced to prison once before for DWI and has been arrested six times in Wise County for the charge in the past decade.
Once someone commits a DWI for a third time it becomes a felony and the potential prison sentence and other penalties escalate.