PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) – A Phenix City teen who was charged for a 2015 hit-and-run that claimed the life of 31-year-old Nathan Wombles has turned himself into police,
Joshua Gorman, 18, was released following his sentencing on Monday with an order to turn himself in on Friday.
Police confirm that Gorman complied with the mandate around 10 a.m.
News Leader 9 spoke exclusively to Nathan Womble's mother.
She says she and her family are satisfied with the District Attorney's decision to sentence Joshua Gorman after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor confirms Gorman came to the jail building at 10 Friday morning to officially begin his sentence -- 3 years in prison followed by 60 months of supervised probation.
Mary Mathis, Nathan Wombles' mother, tells us she attended every court proceeding since her son died in that hit-and-run.
Gorman was 16 when he was accused of killing Wombles with his car.
Following the announcement that Gorman plead guilty, Mathis says she saw backlash on social media accusing the District Attorney's office of not asking for a harsher sentence.
Mathis says her family, particularly Nathan's widow, released a statement on Facebook supporting the compromise.
"The D.A. did a wonderful job. The policemen that were out here and the investigators, they did a wonderful job and we're very pleased with how they handled the case. When she put the statement out there, I think it opened the eyes of others - 'Oh, the family agreed to it. So if they can agree to it and be satisfied with it, all of us should,' " says Mathis.
Despite that, Mathis tell us she will never really have closure. She knows that Gorman's family and friends will miss seeing him, but that one day they will get to see outside of prison and Nathan is not around anymore.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor tells News Leader 9 that Gorman was accompanied by family and friends as he entered the jail building.
We reached out to them, and have not heard back. Sheriff Taylor says Gorman will likely spend five to 10 days at the jail before being transferred to a state penitentiary
Gorman will likely spend five to 10 days in jail before being transferred to the state penitentiary.