"She continues to fail to accept responsibility," Nichols told the judge.
"I'm telling you, Mr. Nichols, I am sorry," Garretson said, looking back at the trooper, who turned his head to avoid her gaze.
Sharon Harris, Garretson's mother, told the judge her daughter wasn't a violent person and had a good work ethic. About eight years ago, she said, Garretson got hooked on pain medication prescribed for severe migraine headaches.
"She put herself through five years of college," Harris said. "She's a very good mother."
Garretson and her mother asked the judge, through tears, to allow her sentence to run at the same time as the one she received in Putnam County.
After the hearing, Nichols said despite his injuries, he wasn't afraid to return to work.
"They worried about that, even how I would react to cars backing up," he said.
Nichols also said that he doesn't believe he was wrong for going after Garretson while he wasn't wearing his uniform.
"I can't turn my head to shoplifting. What would be next? A domestic? A DUI?" he said. "I can't turn my back on crime. I'm trained to do that."
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