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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 4:00 am | Updated: 7:24 am, Wed Nov 23, 2011.

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.

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