Lyndonville man to spend month in jail for fatal hit-and-run

Gary Hale

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) A Vermont driver charged with leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run has to spend at least a month in jail.

The Caledonian-Record reports Gary Hale was sentenced Tuesday to two to six years in prison, all suspended except for 30 days, three months of home confinement and probation. He pleaded no contest.

Police said 46-year-old Mattie Lynn Hale was found dead behind a guardrail in Lyndonville in 2017.

Gary Hale, no relation, and passenger Katrina Haslam said they thought they hit an animal. They returned to the scene with neighbors and didn't see anything. The body was found the next morning.

Haslam pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact. She received a mostly suspended sentence of 18 months to four years.

Gary Hale apologized in court, saying it was “truly an accident.”

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