A Macon man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for causing a wreck that led to the death of a Bibb County deputy.

Martavius Kinder pleaded guilty to several charges, including felony homicide by vehicle Friday in Bibb County Superior Court.

Bibb County Sheriff’s deputy Anthony “TJ” Freeman died in the May 5, 2016 wreck.

"There's a big hole left in our department by his departure, and there's certainly a big hole in his family," Sheriff David Davis said.


Kinder allegedly drove his car into the side of Freeman’s cruiser while trying to avoid a police chase.

In court Friday, Kinder said, "I want to say I'm sorry to the family, but I know that won't bring their loved one back."

Freeman's widow, Jessica Freeman, said she was glad that Kinder took a plea agreement. She said a trial would have been very hard on the family, especially their two children.

"Our lives are no longer our lives. Our lives are some semblance of what they were 15 months ago," Freeman said.

Freeman's mom, Vicki Lindsey, focused her impact statement on the future.

"My heart has been ripped out," Lindsey said. "I will never have anymore grandchildren. I will never have that phone call on Mother's Day that says, 'Hey mom, I want to wish you a Happy Mother's Day.'"

When it comes to a justice, they said the punishment could never fit the crime for Freeman's death.

"I don't want the defendant in jail," Freeman said. "I want my husband back, I can't have that. My kids can't have their father back."

Judge Simms sentenced kinder to 20 years, bringing justice to a family who paid the ultimate price.