MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Damon Jolly received a life sentence for the shooting death of Bibb County Deputy Sheriff Joseph Whitehead.
Jolly entered a guilty plea Tuesday. Whitehead was shot and killed in 2006, while serving a no-knock warrant. Before his sentencing, an emotional Jolly addressed the court, asking Whitehead's family for forgiveness.
"Can you find it in your heart to forgive me?" Jolly asked.
He also apologized to his own family, addressing his mother, who died just a month ago.
"It's nothing you did or didn't do," Jolly said.
He explained that the night of the shooting, he wasn't aware that Whitehead was an officer.
"I don't want you get the impression that I'm a cold-blooded cop killer," Jolly explained.
For the Whitehead family, Jolly is one of the men responsible for taking Joseph's life. Joseph's mother, sister and other members took the witness stand explaining that Whitehead was a friend and father of three ripped away too soon.
Judge Tillman "Tripp" Self sentenced Jolly to life in prison with the possibility of parole. By entering a plea, Jolly will not face a trial or the death penalty. In June, Jolly's co-defendant Antron Fair plead guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.