Grayson County Judge Bill Magers sentenced for DWI

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 6:10 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2020 at 6:13 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - Grayson County Judge Bill Magers will spend a year on probation after pleading guilty Monday to driving while intoxicated.

It’s a crime he committed in February, but not his first DWI.

Magers’ official charge is DWI second offense, where one probation condition is a minimum of three days in jail.

But due to COVID-19, the judge who sentenced him won’t decide what that will look like until later. For example, that could be three whole days in jail, a few Saturdays, house arrest or even an ankle monitor.

If he violates his probation, the judge could give him up to a year in jail.

Magers was arrested in February after crashing into a light pole near Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille in Sherman, when troopers say his blood-alcohol level was 3.5 times over the legal limit.

“I mean you have to look at not only what a man does when he makes his mistake and commits his crime, you’ve got to look at what he has done since then,” said Magers’ attorney Bob Jarvis.

Magers testified he hasn’t had a drink since and has been sober for more than 100 days.

He spent the past few months in treatment for alcohol abuse through a local facility.

The judge said he’ll have to continue sessions in probation.

Other terms include a $4,000 fine, restitution, a DWI class, 200 hours of community service, a breathalyzer to start his car and continued treatment.

“But especially the Vivitrol, which is the new medical injections that keep a person from desiring to drink. And so that’s probably the biggest thing and newest thing that we have going that Bill’s definitely taking advantage of,” Jarvis said.

In the early 1990′s, he was arrested for two DWI’s in less than four months, but only charged in one.

In 2008, he was arrested for DUI in Florida, but the charge was dropped since he never got a blood test.

Jarvis said it’s a fair sentence.

“Bill’s got a whole life of service to Grayson County and the people here, and that needs to be taken in consideration too,” he said.

Magers was elected mayor of Sherman for three terms and is currently serving his second term as county judge.

He’s not up for re-election this year. His term ends in 2022.

“I think it’ll affect him but that’s going to be up to the voters to decide. But if you look at what he does every single day for our county, he does a great job,” Jarvis said.

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