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Julie Marie King is escorted to the DeKalb County Courthouse on Monday for sentencing.

Woman in officer’s shooting sentenced to 38 years

Julie Marie King was sentenced Monday to 38 years in prison for her role in the December 2011 shooting of Waterloo’s deputy marshal.

The sentence was the maximum available under terms of a plea agreement. In March, King pleaded guilty to a single charge of aiding in attempted murder, one of three charges she faced in the Dec. 15, 2011, shooting of Deputy Marshal Stephen Brady.

Early the morning of the shooting, King and her boyfriend, Ralph Hardiek, knocked on the door of a woman’s home in Waterloo, asking for help in getting their car freed from the mud. The woman declined to help them but later told Brady at a nearby gas station that she had been approached, and the veteran officer went to look for the couple.

He found them near Railroad and Center streets. As he asked King for her identification, Hardiek shot him in the face, police said.

King and Hardiek were shot by police while hiding under a porch in Waterloo. Critically injured, King survived, but Hardiek, 41, was killed.

During Monday’s 2 ½-hour sentencing in DeKalb Superior Court, King received 487 days credit for time served in jail. With good-time credit she could be out of prison in 19 years.

King still faces armed robbery charges in Michigan.

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