Martinson Sentenced to a Year for Author’s Death
Judge Edward Bearce said it was the most pain he has experienced in a court room in his career on the bench.
The family of Mary Schlangen described the late Two Harbors author as a kind, loving, mother, sister, daughter and friend. She was killed in a car crash on August 10th, 2007.
Ann Marie Martinson (formerly Brodman) will serve one year in prison for the death of Schlangen.
Martinson pleaded guilty in March to one count of felony criminal vehicular homicide. She was driving drunk in Pine County when she collided with a car, which Schlangen was the passenger.
Schlangen’s family and friends packed the Pine County Court room. Her husband, Mark Schlangen said, “The actions of a drunk driver have life long consequences for all of us.”
Interview with Mark Schlangen:
A blood test was taken following the accident and Martinson tested a .12 percent blood alcohol level. That is .04 percent over the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.
The courtroom watched an over five-minute DVD containing photos of Mary Schlangen. Her family said she had dreams of becoming a great veterinarian, but her greatest accomplishment was her job as a mother. Schlangen leaves behind two young children, Kaija, 9 and Eli, 6.
Martinson was taken immediately into custody. She will serve her time in the Pine County Jail and is ordered to pay the $8,000 in restitution within three years.
Martinson was driving southbound on Pine County Road. 13 and ran a stop sign, colliding with the other vehicle that was traveling westbound on State Highway 23. She was lost and did not notice the reduction of speed in the area. She said she was driving 50 mph in a 30 mph area.
She told the family in court, “Mary Schlangen died because of the choices I made.” She asked the family for forgiveness.
Martinson must also attend Mother’s Against Drunk Driving classes.