The right leg of Constable Foley was severed partially by collision and lost a lot of blood in the field. The wounded of the bridge could not be saved and was severed in the hospital.
Constable Wright had to have a permanent titanium rod mounted on one of his legs and deformed his left index finger so he could no longer make a closed fist and run or kneel.
The two returned to part-time jobs, but the conflict continues to impact both physically and emotionally.
NSW District Court Judge John Hatzistergos, NSW District Court Judge, said on Friday that Thornton had "selfishly prioritized" his conversation with his girlfriend, ignoring the need for road boundaries.
"It was not a case of temporary carelessness or misjudgment, but rather a long-term irresponsible responsibility," Judge Hatzistergos said.
He was sentenced to three years and eight months' imprisonment for Thornton and two years for the parole. He deserves to be released in January 2021.
The sentence was monitored by a public gallery filled with senior police and other supporters. The injured officers sat on the forefront with their wives.
Superintendent Greg Rolph, chief of the traffic court and highway patrol commander, expressed satisfaction with both the police and the police outside the court and said he would like to thank the community and police families.
"The court's message is clear about the consequences of getting distracted and distracted by this vehicle driver and the fatal consequences that can result," Rolf said.
"Now it's time for these two officers to move forward and focus on long-term rehabilitation."
In an interview after the collision, Thornton acknowledged that he was seeing the phone at his home on the Hume Highway with a speed limit of 110km / h.
Judge Hattistergos said he congratulated Thornton for being given the nickname "police killer" who was recognized in prison and who had been pursuing the police and not seating him well.
In a letter to the court, Thornton regretted having the two police officers hurt and hoped that others would learn from his "grave mistakes".
"It has been heavily weighted on me that I have suffered so much from such a foolish mistake, I am sure I will follow me in the rest of my life," he said.
"What I did was not worth it to affect everyone's life."
Georgina Mitchell is a court reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.