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Man sentenced to 13+ years for killing 80-year-old Maplewood woman while fleeing police

WCCO digital headlines: afternoon of April 15, 2024


WCCO digital headlines: afternoon of April 15, 2024

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STILWATER, Minn. – A central Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for killing an elderly Twin Cities woman while fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle.

Scott Hardy, 36, accepted a plea deal in February and was convicted of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle resulting in death, according to Washington County Attorney Kevin Magnuson.

On July 10, 2021, police received a report that a stolen Chevrolet Tahoe was parked outside Cub Foods in Oakdale. When officers arrived, they ordered Hardy to turn off the car and put his hands out the window. According to the complaint, he fled at that point, driving through neighborhoods at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour.

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Shortly after police stopped the chase for safety reasons, officers spotted a large plume of smoke in the distance. They determined that Hardy had run a red light and struck the car of 80-year-old Shirley Bilden. Hardy fled the scene on foot.

Two occupants of the stolen car were also injured and taken to hospital. Bilden, of Maplewood, died from her injuries four days later, police said.

Officers found Hardy at a nearby cemetery after he tried to steal a woman’s car while she and her children were visiting a grave. According to court documents, citizens restrained Hardy until he could be arrested.

On Friday, Hardy was sentenced to 166 months in prison with two years and 273 days credit for time served.

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