Habitual DWI offender goes back to prison

26-year-old Fort Worth resident Jimmy Downs, Jr. pled guilty and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a felony driving while intoxicated and felony bail jumping charges in a case handled in district court in Weatherford Tuesday.

Downs, who faced trial on his fifth DWI case on Monday, was considered a habitual offender because two of his prior DWI offenses were felony charges in Tarrant County, resulting in 2010 and 2011 prison sentences of two and four years, according to Parker County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain.

In addition to all of his prior DWI convictions, Downs also repeatedly tested positive for drug abuse in violation of his conditions of bond and jumped bond for his jury trial last November.

Downs will be eligible for parole when he has served a quarter of his sentence, Swain said.

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