(credit: Tarrant Co. District Attorney’s Office)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas man, with nearly half-a-dozen Driving While Intoxicated convictions, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

The punishment was handed down to Stephen Andrew Hall.

Hall was pulled in River Oaks last summer. At the time of the traffic stop the 59-year-old admitted to having had two beers.

A test later revealed Hall’s blood alcohol level was .18, or more than twice the legal limit.

Jurors only deliberated four minutes before finding Hall guilty. The Fort Worth man chose to have a judge decide his punishment.

During the penalty phase of the trial prosecutors detailed Hall’s four previous DWI convictions, one of which he served prison time for.

Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Erin Cofer said, “The 45-year sentence was fitting considering his prior DWI history. [The] sentence ensures that he will not be able to drive a vehicle on our roads for a very long time.”

Hall is required to serve a quarter of his sentence before parole can be considered.

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