TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The suspect in the deadly shooting of a Terre Haute teenager is headed to prison.
A judge sentenced Nathan Derickson at just before 5:00 Friday afternoon for the shooting death of 17-year-old Garrett Sands.
It breaks down to four years in prison and six years on probation.
Sands' parents say more than a year of hearings in the case ended with some justice.
"I was hoping for some sort of prison time for the severity of the crime. That was probably my best moment in court," Jayna Sullivan, Garrett's mother said.
Police said Derickson shot and killed Sands at a house party in March of 2018.
Investigators said there were alcohol and drugs involved in the shooting.
"You have to be accountable, I mean, this was a situation where nothing good was going to come of it," Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt said.
Derickson apologized on the stand in Friday's hearing.
"I did expect an apology from him before now. I wouldn't have cared if that came in the form of a letter from an attorney, just something, something before now," Sullivan said.
Sullivan told us it has been a very tough road, but she will continue to honor her son's life.
"I know a lot of people say things like, well maybe you can move on, maybe you can move forward, and there is none of that when it comes to a death like this," Sullivan said.
Derickson does have the possibility of appealing this sentence.