New Details: Witness in Christopher Thomas Shooting Sentenced

By: Cynthia Washington Email
By: Cynthia Washington Email

Nancy Young pleaded guilty to first-degree perjury.

In the courtroom Friday, her lawyer apologized to the court on her behalf.

"She going to be going back home to her family where she belongs," said Christopher Williams," Young's attorney.

Young could have spent the next 10 years in prison.

Instead, she was sentenced to 3 years probation.

"We are happy with the sentence it is an unfortunate situation that she was even involved in any of of this but by the letter of the law this was the situation but we feel like we got the best situation for these circumstances," said Williams.

Houston County District Attorney Doug Valeska wanted a different outcome.

"First of all I'm disappointed she didn't go to prison," said Valeska. "I'm not the judge but I don't think that sufficient punishment to send a message to others."

In June 2012, a Dothan police officer shot and killed Christopher Thomas after a high-speed chase. Police said Thomas tried to run the officer over.

In the investigation, Young said the police car rammed Thomas' car.
She also told investigators the cars were traveling slowly and emergency lights weren't on.

A story Young later said wasn't true.

"When you intentionally lie to indite an officer it can get any lower than that," said Valeska. "I will say this again she had a chance to say I made a mistake I didn't see that well."

Young has no criminal history. Valeska believes this will be her only offense.

"I believe we will never see her again," said Valeska.

Young's attorney said Young never meant to get anyone in trouble.

Minnie Vickers Pearce was also arrested on first-degree perjury charges related to the Thomas case.

Her trial is set for January.

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