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Man sentenced to 7 years in prison for third DWI
HARDIN COUNTY - by Haley Bull
A man who served more than a decade in prison for driving drunk and killing a 2 year old boy was sentenced to seven more years for his third offense driving drunk. This time, his daughter was in the car.
The parents of the boy killed in the accident, John and Julie Walker, were in court to see Michael Rowland's sentencing Wednesday.
Jordan Walker died after Michael Rowland's car ran into the back of his family's vehicle at 11th and Delaware in Beaumont in 1995.
"My husband and I said we, we are not giving up. We want our son's life to have meant something, that he did not die in vain," Julie Walker said.
Rowland served nearly 12 years in prison. He got out in 2008 and was convicted in Liberty County for another DWI. He paid a $1500 fine.
Silsbee police arrested Rowland in February for a DWI with a passenger under 15 years old in the car, his 10 year old daughter.
"Even though this does not involve us directly, when I learned about this I learned about this on the anniversary of our sons death by reading it in the newspaper," Walker said. "It's like all over again and that's not right."
Julie Walker made sure Rowland had to look at a picture of her son as she read a victim impact statement.
"It's just like we're reliving it all over again and this guy to have two more DWI's after he's spent 11 1/2 years in prison for killing our son, it's like he doesn't care and it could have been anyone of our family again that could have been killed by him," John Walker said.
Rowland's wife, who declined to be named, said he's served his time for that case.
"He does take responsibility for his actions. He knows what he's done, he's had to live with the fact of what he's did to their child everyday and that's something that does bother him and that's something that was very hard for him to live with," she said. "If anybody was a victim that was our child in that car."