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Appeals Court Upholds Life Term for DWI Convict

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    A state appeals court has upheld the life sentence of a Central Texas woman who contended her imprisonment for a third felony conviction for driving while intoxicated was improper cruel and unusual punishment.

    The 3rd Court of Appeals has ruled the lawyer for Rose Ann Davidson didn't properly object to the sentence during her Hays County trial. But a three-judge panel of the court said Friday even if the issue was preserved properly for appeal, her sentence wouldn't be reduced because of her repeated convictions.

    The Austin American-Statesman reports that when Davidson was convicted in 2012, it was her third offense since 2008, making her eligible for punishment as a habitual offender.

    Records also showed the 45-year-old woman had two DWI convictions before 2008 in Hays and Travis counties.