Man sentanced in fatal wreck

Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A man convicted of intoxication manslaughter has been sentenced to prison for a wreck that killed a Johnson County woman.

Brandon Burchfield, 19, got a 10-year sentence in the 2008 death of Nogaelda Zavala.  Burchfield had a blood-alchohol level more than twice the legal limit when the wreck occured.

Williamson County Man gets 25 years for 10th DWI

Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

Wesley Ray Marek, arrested August 11th, 2006, after a Round Rock officer stopped him over a possible traffic violation on Sam Bass Road, was sentenced in Williamson County recently to 25 years in prison after his 10th conviction on driving while intoxicated charges.

The officer found that Marek was wanted in Brown County, almost 100 miles west of Waco, on a probation violation and was driving with a suspended license.

Because he had been convicted of three or more driving while intoxicated charges, the most recent charge was a third-degree felony.  In addition, because he had been sentenced to prison at least two previous times, the charge was enhanced to a first-degree felony, punishable by 25 to 99 years or life in prison.

Taylor Man Gets 60-year Sentance for DWI Number 10

Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A Taylor man, Anthony Lynn Falco, was sentenced to 60 years in prison Wednesday for his 10th driving while intoxicated conviction.

Mr. Falco was pulled over in June and told police that he had been drinking beer at a Round Rock bar, failed field sobriety tests but refused to give a breath sample. After a blood search warrant was obtained, the sample showed he had more than two times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.

Mr. Falco pleaded guilty to felony DWI in January and waived his right to a jury trial. District Judge Burt Carnes then sentenced him to 60 years in prison making him eligible for parole in 15 years.

According to Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley, Mr. Falco had nine previous DWI convictions starting in 1979. He served time for the last three.

Mr. Bradley said that convicted DWI offenders like Falco should have to give a breath or blood sample and urged state legislators to pass such a law.