Breaking News: Man pleads guilty to tampering with evidence, obstruction

Steena Hymes shymes@civitasmedia.com

March 5, 2014

In a last minute decision before a jury trial started, a plea deal was reached in the case against Tim Ferguson, 51, who was charged with tampering with evidence and obstruction in a fatal wreck involving his son last April.

Ferguson pleaded guilty to both counts, waiving his right to trial.

Ferguson was sentenced to three years, with the first year to be served in custody at the Troup County Correctional Institute on the first count and the remaining two years on probation. Ferguson was sentenced to serve 12 months on probation on the second count, concurrent with the first count.

Ferguson could have the opportunity to serve his first 12 months on work release rather than the at TCCI, which he would have to apply for.

The judge ordered that Ferguson turn himself in Monday at 8 a.m.

The sentence comes almost a year after the accident in which Chris Mabe, 16, lost his life in an wreck allegedly involving underage drinking and driving.

Before the plea deal was accepted, Laurie and Eddie Mabe, parents of Chris, gave a tearful address to the court.

“[Chris] was a wonderful kid and our family has been put through hell,” Laurie Mabe said. “Not only did Mr. Ferguson not render aid to our son, he stopped others from rendering aid to our son.”

She stated that Ferguson has shown no remorse to her family saying, “Mr. Ferguson deserves what he gets.”

Eddie Mabe added to his wife’s comments saying that the events leading up to the car crash were a tragic accident, however, the events following were “calculated and despicable.”

Defense Attorney Ken Gordon, spoke on behalf of Ferguson.

“Mr. Ferguson is a good man… he might have made a mistake, but I don’t think he deserves the comments and treatment he has received.”

Senior Assistant District Attorney, Ray Mayer, on behalf of the state, worked with Gordon to reach a plea.

“We’re pleased with the outcome, we worked very hard to resolve it,” he said

Mayer also said that though a tragedy, he feels the sentencing is fair.

“This case needed to be resolved for both of the families, their friends and supporters,” Gordon said.