A Gainesville man received six months behind bars for tampering with evidence and concealing the May death of another Gainesville man, who was found in a hospital parking lot, according to court documents.
Cameron Eugene Sherman, 31, pleaded guilty to both charges Jan. 28. Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin imposed a five-year sentence, with the first six months to be served in confinement.
Sherman received credit for time served since August, and the rest of the sentence may be served on probation.
Defense attorney Chris van Rossem said Sherman has been released from custody, but his attorney declined to comment further on the sentence.
The case concerned Christopher Michael Wethington, who was found May 17 in the Northeast Georgia Medical Center parking lot on Spring Street.
Police were called out around 11:30 a.m. May 17 regarding a potential overdose.
“Once on scene, officers found hospital staff rendering aid to a male on the ground next to a white pick-up truck,” Van wrote in a news release at the time.
Wethington was moved shortly after into the hospital, where he was declared dead.
On the tampering with evidence charge, the warrant alleged Sherman “did knowingly alter, conceal and disguise physical evidence” of Wethington’s death “by assisting with the transport of the body of Wethington to a parking lot away from the location of his death.”
According to the terms of probation, Sherman is banned from Hall County for the first two years on probation.
He was also ordered to enter and complete a 12-month residential treatment program.