Man Sentenced for Running Over Firefighter

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The man arrested for running over Macon Bibb County firefighter Sergeant Eric John, was sentenced Monday, to a year probation.

19-year-old Nayef Mohammed Al-Shroof of Warner Robins must also pay a $500 fine and take a defensive driving course and not get any traffic violations while on probation.

Al-Shroof told the court he suffered from a sleep disorder and fell asleep behind the wheel when he ran over Sergeant John.

His defense attorney said there was no alcohol, drugs, texting, or eating introduced in the case.

"This is a day, I hope of closure for both families to move forward from this tragic accident," said his attorney Laura Houge. "Nayef and his family have struggled with their sadness for the pain of Eric John and his family has suffered. Today, the two families were able to embrace and forgive."

Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney, David Cooke said they took several factors into consideration before making a decision.

"Before we accepted his plea, we went over it with Mr. John’s family and they all agreed, that this was an appropriate resolution, " said Cooke. "Particularly, given the fact that this young man did not mean for any of this to happen and he essentially lost focus while he was driving and wasn’t paying attention and caused this accident."

Al-Shroof was driving his 2009 Toyota Camry over the posted speed limit on I-75, when he hit Sgt. John according to the indictment.