NC woman with 85 criminal convictions sentenced to lengthy prison term

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 07:49:43 PM. An NC woman with 85 criminal convictions was sentenced this week to 14 more years in prison after a jury found her guilty of drug offenses.

A Hickory woman with 85 criminal convictions, including six for driving while impaired, was sentenced to 14 more years in prison this week.

Marijo Rudisill, 49, was sentenced after a Catawba County jury found her guilty of selling methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, and Rudisill then pleaded guilty to another set of the same charges and to being a habitual felon.

The drug charges stemmed from two undercover buys made by Catawba County sheriff’s investigators at separate sites in the county, the Catawba County District Attorney’s Office said.

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Rudisill will serve the 14 years after she finishes her current sentence of six to eight years, prosecutors said. She is serving her current sentence after being convicted in Burke County in July of possession of a stolen vehicle and habitual felon status.

Marijo Rudisill Catawba County District Attorney’s Office

Rudisill has 50 prior misdemeanor convictions, the six DWIs and 22 other felony convictions, the district attorney’s office said.

“This case is another example of my commitment to protect our citizens from career criminals,” District Attorney David Learner said in a statement on Wednesday. “Ms. Rudisill will be at least 70 years old before she will complete her prison term. We continue to work closely with all law enforcement agencies to take drug dealers and repeat offenders off the streets.”

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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