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Man gets 18 years for attempted murder of ex-girlfriend

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DULUTH — A Duluth man who pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend will spend up to 18 years in prison.

Matthew Paul Shober, 22, was sentenced Tuesday to 216 months in prison for attempted murder after beating and sexually assaulting the woman outside the Miller Hill Mall on May 30.

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Although the guideline sentence was 153 months, prosecutor Jessica Smith argued for a harsher penalty due to Shobert’s past pattern of domestic abuse.

Judge Sally Tarnowski agreed.

“The victim is going to spend the rest of her life looking back at this,” Tarnowski told Shober. “It’s not reasonable for me to give you a break, because she’s not going to get one.”

Shober will spend at least 12 years in prison. With good behavior, he is eligible to be released on supervised probation during the final six years of the sentence.

The victim, who was 21 at the time of the incident, wiped away tears as she went before the court to read a victim impact statement. She said she suffers from flashbacks and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about it,” she said. “It’s hard to sleep through the night.”

Public defender Keith Shaw argued for a lesser sentence, saying that his client has mental health issues that need to be addressed.

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