Judge gives man 10 years for hit and run death


Beaumont resident John William Alexander Jr., 45, has been sentenced to ten years in prison announced Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw.

Alexander previously pled guilty on February 10, 2014, to Failing to Stop and Render Aid causing death and felony Driving While Intoxicated.

Alexander was sentenced by Judge Bob Wortham to ten years in the institutional division for second degree felony failure to stop and render aid and third degree felony Driving While Intoxicated. Both sentences will run concurrently.

According to the probable cause affidavit for failure to stop and render aid, on January 15, 2008, Alexander struck Michael Gatlin with his car on Highway 105 in Beaumont and left the scene. Gatlin was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital and later died as a result of his injuries. A red Dodge pickup truck was seen leaving the area of the crash.

Officer M. Bean of the Beaumont Police Department observed a red Dodge pickup as it was traveling on Hwy 105. away from the accident scene and obtained a Texas license plate number. A check through Jefferson County Automobile records showed the registered owner as John William Alexander, Jr.

On January 15, 2008, Officers from the Beaumont Police Department made contact with Alexander. The officers observed damage to Alexander’s red Dodge truck. Alexander agreed to give a statement. On January 15, 2008, Alexander gave a statement and admitted to driving that night and stated that he hit a deer. On January 22, 2008, Alexander admitted he had not been truthful and gave a second statement. He stated that he had hit something, but did not know what it was. He admitted that he was concerned when he heard on the news that someone had been hit.

After a thorough investigation by the Beaumont Police Department including DNA analysis, Alexander was charged and arrested for failure to stop and render aid. He was able made to make bond on this charge and was released from custody. On February 19, 2009, while on bond, Alexander was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Blood results showed his blood alcohol content to be .15 at the time of arrest. Due to two previous convictions for Driving While Intoxicated, the charge was elevated to a third degree felony.

Assistant District Attorney Rachel Grove said, “We are pleased Judge Wortham went along with our recommendation for ten years in the institutional division for Mr. Alexander. The Gatlin family finally has some justice for the death of their son. We will continue to pray for the healing of the Gatlin family.”