Forty-nine-year-old Marijo Rudisill, of Hickory, will spend the next six years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen motor vehicle and admitting her habitual felon status during Burke County Superior Court on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Rudisill was given an active prison sentence of six to eight years by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. She will serve her term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The defendant’s sentence was enhanced by her status as a habitual felon, which included prior felony convictions for breaking and entering (December 2010), larceny (February 2006) and uttering a forged instrument (December 2004), all in Burke County.
Investigators received a tip in August 2016 that a stolen vehicle was in Rudisill’s possession. The owner of the vehicle had last seen it in her driveway five days earlier and described a known subject who may have been responsible for stealing it.
Rudisill was seen in possession of the vehicle some days later and was attempting to sell it without the owner’s permission.
David Anderson was the lead investigator in the case for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, and Michelle Lippert was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.
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