Man sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty to killing TJ Freeman

Investigator Anthony “TJ” Freeman and K9 Deputy Bojar / Bibb County Sheriff's Office

MACON, Ga. -- The man accused of causing the death of a Bibb County investigator was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday.

According to Assistant District Attorney John Regan, Martavius Kinder pleaded guilty to felony vehicular homicide in the first degree, DUI and fleeing and alluding in the May 5, 2016 death of Investigator TJ Freeman.

He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence of marijuana.

Freeman, 29, was assisting with an investigation regarding a suspicious vehicle that was actively fleeing deputies when Freeman became involved.

While Freeman was driving east on Columbus Road at around 3 a.m., the vehicle, driven by Kinder, struck the driver's side of Freeman's car, causing it to run into the front yard of a nearby home.

Freeman was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

He is survived by a wife, two children and his K-9 partner Bojar.

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