Pulaski County finds closure as officer’s shooter is sentenced
Police from across the area have closed their case against Nigel Williams. The 17-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday in the shooting of Mounds, Illinois, officer Lyle Womack last July.
Williams was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with three years of parole to follow.
Pulaski County State’s Attorney James Flummer says they got justice for officer, now sergeant, Womack.
“Officer Womack told me that it gave him great closure, and I certainly feel the same way,” Flummer said.
Police Chief Terry Riddle was with Womack that day. He says today marks the end of a dark period while in uniform.
"It was the worst day in my police career," said Riddle.
Riddle remembers July 8, 2015, all too well. He says no amount of training can prepare you for the day a fellow officer is shot.
"To have a fellow officer, a friend, family member laying there where you can’t get to them. You feel helpless," Riddle said.
Riddle says it’s been a long time coming getting justice for Womack, and he feels the sentence is just.
"It feels real good. And it feels good that Sgt. Womack and the community can rest better, hopefully, knowing that for 15 years he can’t do anything else," Riddle said.
Riddle says Womack continues to recover in rehab, but he says he’s hoping one day soon to see Womack standing beside him once again, wearing the badge.