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Judge shows no leniency for woman facing felony DUI charges in Belmont County

A Belmont County judge put an end to a woman's habitual pattern of intoxicated driving on Tuesday. Markie Turkoly, 30, won't be on the roads anytime soon. And legally, she won't be driving ever again.

A Belmont County judge put an end to a woman's habitual pattern of intoxicated driving on Tuesday.

Markie Turkoly, 30, won't be on the roads anytime soon. And legally, she won't be driving ever again.

Turkoly was sentenced to 12 months in prison by Judge Frank Fregiato on a felony DUI charge.

"I am convinced that this woman is a threat to the citizens of Belmont County, Ohio, and anyone or anywhere else she would live or drive,” Fregiato said.

Fregiato listed her prior charges, which are almost too many to name, and determined Turkoly's last offense was not a fluke.

He denied her a release on bond.

"She's going to operate a motor vehicle under the influence,” Fregiato said. “It's been a lifetime of this."

In doing so, Fregiato rejected the recommendation of both prosecutors and defense counsel.

"I would have sentenced her to more in a normal Felony 4 but in this situation, the 12 months is the maximum," he said. "This court is absolutely convinced that if the defendant is released that she will kill someone. It is remarkable that no one has been injured during her lifetime of DUI crimes. "

Turkoly's driver’s license was revoked for life.

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