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Morgan family responds to Sedlmeier sentence

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A piece of her was everywhere - on t-shirts, bracelets, and wallets. Iszabella Morgan loved fashion and people, singing and dancing.

On March 24th, the 9-year-old Mitchell girl was in a car that was struck by a drunk driver. Michael Sedlmeier was behind the wheel of that car which killed Bella on that fateful day.

"No amount of time that he will get will ever bring her back," said Jeanie Morgan, Bella's mom.

Sedlmeier pleaded guilty to the crime, and Friday he was given the maximum sentence: forty years in the South Dakota state penitentiary.

"Hopefully, it will bring closure, but it will not ease the pain and suffering," said circuit court judge Sean O'Brien.

"We will never get our Bella back, and we want people to know never drink and drive," said Jeanie. "That's something I hope that my little girl brings to this community and other communities, for people not to drink and drive and for them to learn from this."

Bella's family says they choose to focus on her beautiful, wonderful life.

"We're family. We're family forever and ever. Ever since Bella came into this world."

As a reminder of her daughter, Jeanie wears the bracelet Bella was wearing when she was killed.

Her eyes swimming with tears, Jeanie offered these heartfelt words to parents.

"To always remember to not ever be hateful and to always love and cherish your children."

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