A habitual criminal whose guilty plea last week resulted in his seventh driving while intoxicated conviction is asking a judge to assess his punishment Tuesday.
Weldon McMillian, 55, of Waco, faces a minimum of 25 years in prison up to a maximum life term but has chosen 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother to decide his punishment rather than a jury.
McMillian, who has been to prison three times, pleaded guilty Friday to his seventh DWI, his fourth felony conviction.
“We are going to ask the judge to give the guy a chance so he is not locked up for the rest of his life,” said McMillian’s attorney, Galen Edwards. “We are going to ask the judge to give him time to get his act together and to work through his alcohol issues and to give him a chance so he can get out having learned his lesson and move on.”
Assistant District Attorney J.R. Vicha, who is prosecuting McMillian with Chris Bullajian, declined comment.
Court records show McMillian was stopped by a Department of Public Safety trooper on Old Dallas Highway on Nov. 7, 2012.
A court-ordered blood draw showed McMillian’s blood-alcohol level was 0.20 percent, well above the 0.08 percent at which a driver is considered legally intoxicated.
McMillian’s first DWI conviction was in 1983 in the judicial district that includes Bosque, Comanche and Hamilton counties.
He has served prison terms for burglary of a habitation, burglary of a building and felony DWI, according to court records.