Mitchell Taylor Horton, who was accused of running over a man in his yard earlier this year, pleaded guilty in Walker County Superior Court on Thursday.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, Horton lost control of his friend's Hyundai Sonata on the morning of Jan. 30, veered into a yard on Marble Top Road in Chickamauga and ran over Horace Cribbs, killing him. Horton then fled the scene, investigators say, and hid the car under some blankets at this friend's home nearby. Police later arrested him in Chattanooga.
On Thursday, Horton pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and driving too fast for conditions.
He will serve nine years in prison, said his attorney, Public Defender David Dunn. He will then serve another nine years on probation, with conditions that include not returning to Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties. Horton also will legally not be allowed to drive while on probation.