Court Upholds Life Sentence For Texas Woman In DWI Case

AUSTIN (August 2, 2014) The 3rd Court of Appeals 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 court ruled that 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.

When Davidson, 45, was convicted in 2012, it was her third offense since 2008, making her eligible for punishment as an habitual offender.

Records also showed that she had two DWI convictions before 2008 in Hays and Travis counties.