Man who killed girlfriend in drunk driving wreck receives 120 day sentence

A man convicted of killing his girlfriend in a drunk driving wreck received a suspended sentence of 120 days in prison.

Mary Stephens Brooks was killed by her boyfriend, convicted drunk driver Matthew Michael Harvie. He pleaded guilty to driving drunk in a wreck that killed Brooks in February 2018 on Runnymeade Lane and Barclay Downs Drive in south Charlotte.

On Thursday, Harvie apologized in court.

"There aren't words to describe how sorry I am for my actions there's nothing I can do to make up for what I've done to bring Mary back," he said.

The judge gave Harvie a suspended sentence of four months in prison.

Brooks' mother, Joanne Stephens, told the judge she is devastated for her 4-year-old granddaugther, who won't grow up to know her mother.

"All she wants is mommy to come back," Stephens said. "This child is the one that's going to suffer the most out of all of us."

Stephens was in court as the sentence was read.

"It's digusting, it's not fair," said a friend of Brooks to reporters after the sentencing.

"It's so wrong, it's just wrong," said Joanne Stephens.

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office says Harvie pleaded guilty to the highest charge possible, and it's in the range of sentences he would have likely received if the case had gone to trial.