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Man sentenced after 17th DUI conviction

Timothy Jones, 54, not only carries 17 prior OVI convictions, he also has 42 driver’s license suspensions.

A man with 17 prior OVI convictions was sentenced in Belmont County on Monday morning.

Timothy Jones, 54, not only carries 17 prior OVI convictions, he also has 42 driver’s license suspensions.

Remarkably, he even has 3 DUI charges pending in Franklin County, Ohio.

On Monday, Jones was sentenced on another DUI charge before Judge Frank Fregiato.

He first admitted his guilt to the offense in county court before pleading guilty to a bill of information.

Jones' defense council said there was neither an accident leading up to this charge nor an enhanced breath test.

Jones chose not to comment before Fregiato handed down a sentence -- the maximum of 36 months in prison

Jones’ driver’s license is also suspended for life.

“I believe there’s absolutely no one in this courtroom who has any doubt that if this defendant was permitted to walk out of this courtroom, that he would drink and drive today and tomorrow and the next day and every day thereafter,” Fregiato said. “Seventeen DUI convictions is more than a mind can grapple with."

Jones will undergo intensive alcohol treatment and once he's released from prison, he will be on probation for up to 3 years.

Fregiato called Jones an incredible risk to the public, not only of Belmont County but throughout Ohio. The judge also noted he would give Jones more time behind bars if it was permitted by the court.

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