A Tennessee man who was convicted of his 13th DUI last week in Florida -- and is awaiting charges on a possible 14th drunk-driving offense in the Volunteer State -- is facing up to 21 years in prison at sentencing.
A jury found Bobbby Ray Towry, 60, guilty of driving under the influence on a fourth or subsequent offense, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer without violence after deliberating for 45 minutes, the Bradenton Herald reported Thursday.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley Dusnik said she wasn’t sure whether being convicted of his 13th DUI would stop Towry from getting behind the wheel while drunk, “but at least we got him off the streets.”
Last week’s conviction stemmed from a 2006 arrest in Holmes Beach, Fla., the Herald reported. Towry didn’t show up at an April 2007 court date, leading a bench warrant to be issued against him.
Towry faces 21 years in prison because Florida doesn’t have mandatory minimum sentences. Ironically, the 60-year-old Tennessee man was a general foreman and used to build prisons and hospitals, according to the Herald.
"In Tennessee and Georgia, they don't have a law where a fourth or subsequent DUI is a felony," Dusnik told the paper. "It's important to note, all the prior DUIs were misdemeanors so the most he has ever been sentenced to jail has been one year."
Towry was also arrested on DUI charges for the 14th time in Tennessee in December. A sentencing date for the 13th offense has yet to be scheduled.