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Marietta woman gets six years for repeat OVIs

A somber Michelle Thompson was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to her ninth OVI Tuesday morning.

Thompson, 45, of 117 Dean St., Marietta, was sentenced to three years for the OVI and three years for the specification of having five or more OVI convictions in the past 20 years. Her driver’s license was also suspended for life.

She was arrested May 12 after she struck a utility pole and rolled her Infiniti SUV on Ohio 821 in Salem Township. Her vehicle reportedly contained several open containers of beer and a half-empty bottle of liquor.

The arrest came five months after she was granted judicial release. When she was granted judicial release in December, Thompson had been in prison for four months of an 18-month sentence for OVI.

She was sent to the STAR Community Justice Center in Franklin Furnace and was released on April 21, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani.

Washington County Common Pleas Judge Randall Burnworth said she was sentenced under the agreed disposition between the state and her attorney, Beau Cross, and the hearing for the violation of her judicial release was waived.

“It’s unfortunate she made a mistake while out on judicial release,” Silwani said.

Thompson made no statement on her own behalf.

The three years she received for the OVI count was the maximum sentence, Silwani added.

“This is the consequence of violating the gift you were given,” Burnworth said

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

•Michelle Thompson, 45, of Marietta, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to one count of operating a vehicle under the influence, a third-degree felony.

•This was her ninth OVI.

•She was sentenced to six years in prison and a lifetime suspension of her driver’s license.

•Thompson was on judicial release when she was arrested May 12.

Source: Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

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