East Texas sex offender sentenced to life in prison for ‘habitual DWI’ offenses | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey

SMITH COUNTY, Texas — An East Texas sex offender has been sentenced to life in prison for “habitual driving while intoxicated” offenses.

On Thursday, Oct. 19, a Smith County Jury handed down the sentence for Michael McKenney, 57, after he was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More. 

The Smith County District Attorney’s Office says McKenney was originally arrested in March 2021, for Driving While Intoxicated by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. 

“His charge was enhanced to a felony DWI due to two prior DWI convictions,” the district attorney’s office said. “Prosecutors Heath Chamness and Juan Tobias called witness from the sheriff’s office and introduced evidence of McKenney’s blood alcohol level of over twice the legal limit.” 

Credit: Smith County Jail

The district attorney’s office says due to McKenney’s previous felony convictions of possession of a controlled substance, sexual assault of a child and failure to register as a sex offender, his case was given an enhanced sentence.

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