Nathan Derickson changes plea, guilty to reckless homicide

Nathan Derickson has submitted a plea agreement in connection to the death of 17-year-old Garrett Sands.

Posted: Mar. 5, 2019 12:11 PM
Updated: Mar. 5, 2019 10:08 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - It was an emotional Tuesday morning at the courthouse for the family of Garrett Sands.

“We are ready to get this done. We’re ready to have the opportunity to move forward,” said Jayna Sullivan as I spoke with her after the hearing. In the session, Nathan Derickson pleaded guilty to killing Garrett Sands last March at a house party.

He is charged with a level 5 felony reckless homicide.

LINK | 19-YEAR-OLD ACCUSED OF KILLING 17-YEAR-OLD GARRETT SANDS RELEASED ON $50,000 BOND

Derickson’s sentencing date is April 26th at 1:30 in the afternoon. Sands family and Derickson both agreed to the terms that were given. “The fact that he pleaded guilty..and we have that ten-year cap. I think that’s fair,” said Sullivan.

When News 10 spoke with her she said she and her husband have recently spoken to Senator Jon Ford in the state house with prosecutor Terry Modesitt.

She told News 10 that their goal is to change reckless homicide to a level 4 felony.

LINK | COURT DOCUMENTS REVEAL MORE DETAILS ABOUT SHOOTING THAT LED TO THE DEATH OF 17-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM GARRETT SANDS

She said this is on Ford’s bill supported by IPAC.

Sullivan strongly still has a concern about how this justice system views felonies.

“There’s an obvious flaw in the law,” she said. “This is a level 5 felony. This is the equivalent to selling meth,” said Sullivan.

She told me that just because they’re making progressions with this, Jayna Sullivan will continue to keep fighting for her son.

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