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Man gets 45 years for 2011 fatal shooting in Pooler

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Nathaniel Betterton pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with a fatal 2011 shooting. Nathaniel Betterton pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with a fatal 2011 shooting.
POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

A man pleaded guilty Monday morning to charges connected to a shooting that occurred in September 2011.

Nathaniel Betterton appeared in court Monday morning to plead guilty to charges in the death of Timothy Moore. Moore's body was found in the woods right behind a neighborhood off Rogers Street in Pooler. He died from a gunshot wound.

Betterton, who was 17 at the time, lived not far from there. Two other codefendants, Shareif Palmer and Aaron Sadm, were arrested as well. They will face trial later this year.

Betterton pleaded guilty to armed robbery, voluntary manslaughter, and possession of a firearm during a crime. He was sentenced to 45 years - with 22 years to serve.

The judge reluctantly agreed to the terms of the deal, but made it clear he was not happy.

"Alright, I said I will approve the plea deal, but I am not doing this with any type of satisfaction in the least," said Superior Court Judge Michael Karpf.

Timothy's mother, Laura Wilson, gave an emotional statement before the sentence was given.

"It is never going to be enough, whenever a life if taken, as a mother, you want them boys to spend the rest of their lives in jail," said Wilson. "He also talked about how he wanted kids, he wanted a big family. I also wanted grandkids and that is something I will never have. I wanted a little Timmy running around that I could hold and love."

Wilson will visit her son's grave in Vidalia this weekend.

"That was the last thing I told him, in his casket, I said, "momma is going to get some justice." So, I am going to head up there this weekend and let him know I did that.

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