Kilgore man sentenced to 35 years in prison for DWI
From Staff Reports
Nov. 22, 2011 at 11 p.m.
Keynon James Carpenter, 47, of Kilgore accepted a 35-year prison sentence this week for habitual drunken driving.
Carpenter entered a guilty plea Monday to driving while intoxicated March 12 when he was stopped by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper. Carpenter, who had at least two prior drunken driving convictions, had been in the Gregg County Jail on $12,000 bond since his arrest for DWI, driving with a suspended license, driving without financial responsibility and for failure to identify.
Carpenter was on parole for his 2009 drunken driving conviction.
Also Monday, a 37-year-old Marshall man accepted 30 years in prison for drunken driving and another 10-year term for bail jumping. The sentences must be served consecutively.
Christopher M. Thompson entered guilty pleas Monday to a June 2010 arrest for driving while intoxicated in Gregg County. A bail-jumping charge was added in January when Thompson failed to appear at a mandatory pre-trial hearing.