New Iberia, March 17, 2022: 16th Judicial District Attorney Bo Duhé has announced on March 16, 2022, a jury unanimously found Hilton Maturin guilty of felony driving while intoxicated—2nd offense.
Officers located Maturin near the scene of the crash, and he admitted that he was driving the vehicle. Maturin also admitted that he smoked synthetic marijuana. Not only was synthetic marijuana found on Maturin’s person, but a substantial amount was found in Maturin’s vehicle.
In 2002, Maturin was convicted of vehicular homicide. Witnesses to that offense said that Maturin was driving erratically at twice the speed limit when he struck and killed a pedestrian. According to their statements, Maturin made no attempt to stop but instead fled the scene. Subsequent testing showed that Maturin had a BAC of 0.19. Maturin was sentenced to eighteen years at hard labor, with one year to be served without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Maturin is on parole for that offense until 2029.
Because Maturin has a prior conviction for vehicular homicide, his driving while intoxicated—second offense conviction is a felony. Maturin’s potential sentencing range is imprisonment with or without hard labor for not less than one year and not more than five years and a fine of two thousand dollars. At least six months of Maturin’s sentence must be served without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.