FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A woman who gunned down a woman in a Waynedale home a year ago has been sentenced.

Valerie Rose Hardiek, 23, was handed 65 years for Murder in the June 20, 2021, shooting death of Shelby von Holdt at a home in the 1800 block of Eileen Street in Fort Wayne. She was sentenced by Superior Court Judge David Zent Friday.

In July, Hardiek pleaded guilty but mentally ill through a plea agreement with Allen County prosecutors.

Police and medics were called to the home around 6:45 p.m. after receiving a 911 hang-up from the home. Officers eventually made contact with a woman at the home and found she’d been shot multiple times in the chest and abdomen.

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Vonholdt was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. She died a short time later.

Police initially said they had a potential person of interest they were looking at, but that person was not named. According to court records, the victim identified the shooter as “Valerie” and police gathered video from a Ring doorbell and spotted her vehicle leave the scene.

Hardiek was arrested two days after the shooting, in Van Wert County. Police there said she pointed a gun at a customer at the the RoadDog convenience store in Willshire. Police said customers reported the woman had been at the gas pumps for more than an hour acting like she was reading credit card numbers from other customers, then pointed the gun at a man.

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Police arrived at the gas station and found the woman walking outside near the gas pumps, where her car was located. She was taken into custody and later arrested.

Police noted in court records she had a 9 mm handgun when she was arrested. Vonholdt was shot with 9 mm rounds, court records said.

Here’s what happened in court Friday, according to court reporter Jamie Duffy:

In court, Hardiek appeared lucid at times and nervous and unaware in other moments during the sentencing trial where Von Holdt’s parents – Toby Von Holdt and Shana Pineault – poured out their hearts to the judge.

She loved girly things and peace signs, her father said, and was finding her way when she was killed.

“I loved her with all my heart and soul,” Von Holdt said. “I’ll never stop seeking answers to why this happened. The penitentiary has no shortage of sick people,” referring to Hardiek’s history of mental illness. However, he never saw any remorse on Hardiek’s part nor any statement about being sorry for what happened.

He said there were two tragedies: the death of his daughter who suffered fear, terror and agony in her last moments and Valerie “who gave up her future over rage. Her children will suffer greatly.

“Tragedy doesn’t stay in the graveyard. Tragedy doesn’t stay in the courtroom. There’s no justice in tragedy.” Still Von Holdt said he forgave Hardiek so he could have peace. “Christ has told me to do this. I know Shelby is with God.”

Pineault said she would follow every appeal Hardiek filed. “A princess from the day she was born,” seeing her daughter lifeless haunts her. “I couldn’t do anything for her. All I could do was lay my head on her chest as she lay in a medically induced coma.”

She said her daughter was brave for naming her attacker, but during the two days she spent in the hospital, her heart was beating so fast, her body couldn’t sustain it. She had 20 blood transfusions and four abdominal surgeries.

“They couldn’t even close her belly up,” Pineault said. Both her legs would have had to be amputated. When she died, she still had four bullets in her body.

“Sadly memories are all I have. I would give my last breath to trade places with Shelby. She was too young. I’m not here to judge Valerie. I want to tell everyone who Shelby was,” said Pineault who told Judge Zent there were days when she couldn’t get up off the floor because of her grief.

She asked for no restitution. Medical bills for the two-day hospital stay amounted to $489,000, but were written off because Shelby died. Funeral costs were about $15,000, Pineault said, but she doubted she’d ever be able to collect.

“I don’t want Valerie’s money,” she said.

Jealously was the apparent motive in the shooting, Tom Chaille, chief counsel for the Allen County Prosecutor’s office said.

“Shelby was seeing somebody Valerie was attached to and that’s why she killed her,” Chaille said.

Hardiek’s attorney, Jamie Egolf, said Hardiek suffered abuse as a child, suffered the loss of a stepmother and was treated for mental illness. Those were accepted as mitigating factors, but weren’t enough. Zent gave Hardiek the maximum allowed with the plea.