06/20/2016 15:43 EDT | Updated 06/21/2017 01:12 EDT

Man gets jail time for hit-and-run that killed Edmonton father two years ago

EDMONTON — A man has been handed jail time for stealing a pickup truck and fatally running down its Edmonton owner.

Jonathan Cardinal, originally charged with manslaughter, pleaded guilty to several charges including dangerous driving causing death and theft.

A judge sentenced him to 4 1/2 years but, with credit for time served, his sentence ended up being 18 months.

Court heard 33-year-old Adam Groves, a father of two young children, had left his truck running in a parking lot in June 2014.

When Cardinal jumped inside, Groves tried to stop him and was struck.

Police later arrested Cardinal in a nearby apartment.

Relatives of Groves said they are angry knowing Cardinal will be released from prison someday soon.

His wife, Jolene Poulin, said in a statement that her family will never be the same.

"Adam is lost to us forever," she said.

"Our grief is as profound now as it was then. Yet we push on, struggling ever forward, feeling the depth of Adam's absence each and every day."

(CTV Edmonton)