A Houston man with five prior convictions for drunk driving was sentenced to 35 years in prison for a 2018 drunk driving crash that killed a father of four in Harris County.
In a Saturday news release, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Owen McNett, 50, was convicted of felony murder by a jury last month.
He ultimately chose to have his sentencing set by State District Judge Lori Chambers Gray, who moved McNett’s sentencing to November 16 after hearing his defense attorney.
McNutt was charged with a felony because he caused death while committing another felony. The DA’s office was seeking a life sentence for McNett.
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On Wednesday McNutt was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the February 9, 2018 crash that killed 54-year-old Wayne Childers. McNett was driving a Ram 1500 pickup truck when he went through a stop sign at a three-way stop in Cypress at 40 mph, T-boning Childers on the driver’s side of his Buick Verano and killing him.
Ogg said, “A completely innocent father of four children lost his life because this man couldn’t stop drinking and driving.” “When repeat offenders continue to drive drunk again and again, it means no one is safe on our streets and highways.”
McNett was arrested at the hospital by a Harris County deputy. His blood alcohol level at the time was .31, nearly four times the legal limit of .08.
According to the Harris County DA’s office, prior to the fatal accident, McNett had a long history of drunk driving and had been jailed three times for it.
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In 1992, McNett was convicted of a DWI charge in Kimble County and placed on probation. Four years later, he was arrested in Tarrant County for his second DWI and sentenced to 30 days in jail.
In 2006, McNutt was convicted in Johnson County on his third DWI charge, resulting in a seven-year prison sentence. The next year, he was arrested in Houston for his fourth DWI and eventually sentenced to four years in prison.
In November 2012, he was arrested by DPS troopers in McLennan County and sentenced to six years in prison, marking McNett’s fifth DWI conviction at the time.
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The 2018 accident occurred while McNett was on parole for a fifth DWI conviction.
After McNett’s conviction, Ogg said, “This is a repeat offender who was on parole for drunk driving when he killed a husband and father of four.” “He was a one-man crime wave on wheels, and it was only a matter of time until he killed someone.”