Man will spend 20 years behind bars for deputy's death

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A man was sentenced to two decades behind bars for causing a car accident that killed a Pike County sheriff's deputy.

David Wayne Childers pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in August for the accident that killed Deputy James I. Thacker.

Nearly 10 months ago Thacker was killed while driving home, but now his daughters say they can finally have peace of mind.

"Nothing's going to bring him back or justify what happened, but it's more comforting knowing that he's going to be serving," said Thacker's daughter Latasha Thacker.

Childers was charged with murder after police say he was intoxicated and caused that accident.

In August Childers agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter.

The victim's family says they are satisfied the plea deal was taken, and they say they are just happy to see the whole thing come to an end.

"It's time to get some closure with it all and just because he acknowledged that he actually did it," said Thacker's daughter Kayla Whisenant.

On Friday a judge sentenced Childers to 20 years behind bars. After his fate was determined Childers took a moment to speak directly to Thacker's family.

"Words just can't express how I feel. I can't begin to imagine how you all feelI . I pray to god everyday forgiveness in my life, and I pray that you all will find a way to forgive me somehow," he said.

Family says they appreciate the thought.

"That was the first time he'd ever tried, so that's something to give us some comfort, knowing," said Latasha Thacker.

"It's nice to at least see a little bit of remorse," said Whisenant.

They say they will always carry the memory of their dad.

"Now it's just time to try to find peace with ourself and go on living without our dad," said Amanda Thacker.

Childers is still being held in the Pike County Detention Center. He was credited for 288 days already served.

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