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Man who killed Iowa Air National Guardsman sentenced Wednesday

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A man who killed an Iowa National Guard member was sentenced Wednesday.  Orlando Rodriguez, who was a passenger in the vehicle which struck the motorcycle driven by Iowa Air National Guard Master Sgt. Bruce Mundy, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to

Rodriguez and his brother, 26-year-old Santos Rodriguez, were speeding away from a Casey's where they had gotten gas, but refused to pay for it on Sept. 23, 2009, when their vehicle struck the motorcycle driven by Mundy.  Both Orlando and Santos were arrested and charged with vehicular homicide.  Mundy died en route to the hospital.  He had served for over 30 years in the military, including service with the Iowa Air National Guard's 132nd Tactical Fighter Wing, based out of the Des Moines International Airport, where he supervised the maintenance of the wing's F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.

Family reaction was muted.  Mundy's daughter Brianne said in her victim impact statement, "The pain you caused will never go away."  She also asked Rodriguez why he never apologized to Mundy's family for the accident.

Witnesses had stated that Santos Rodriguez continued driving after his vehicle struck Bundy's motorcycle, but eventually stopped, and Orlando Rodriguez ran back to check on Mundy's condition.  He saw how serious the crash was and took off on foot, but was apprehended by police after a foot chase, along with his brother.