SHAKOPEE, Minn. - A Scott County judge sentenced Matthew Hartley to 10 years in prison on Wednesday for the hit-and-run death of Army Specialist Mollie Mahowald.

The 34-year-old Hartley was found guilty in February on three counts of vehicular homicide for the killing of Mahowald, a 24-year-old army specialist who served tours in Iraq and in Afghanistan.

Mollie Mahowald was just 24-years-old when she was killed. (Photo: Mahowald family) 

Her immediate family gave victim impact statements in front of Hartley and a packed courtroom on Wednesday.

"It's very hard without Mollie here," said Julia Mahowald, Mollie's younger sister. "But the hardest thing I had to do was call my mom and tell her that her own daughter was dying."

Mahowald loved animals and was studying to become a vet tech when she was killed by Hartley, who was riding a motorcycle.

Hartley will be eligible for supervised release after he serves 80 months.


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