PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The man accused of killing his stepfather pleaded guilty in Pender County court. A judge sentenced James Gorby to life in prison without parole for killing Roger Mock in September 2011.
District Attorney, Ben David, says James Gorby was robbing his stepfather, Roger Mock's, home and when Roger interrupted, he says Gorby shot and killed him.
While the question of why may never be answered, Roger's son said being able to speak to Gorby in court on Tuesday brought him much needed closure. Roger Mock II told Gorby he loved him and forgave him.
He says his father was a caring man and is missed by many.
"My father was a good man, and the kind of man that would do anything for anybody," said his daughter Lisa Mock Wiley. "I think everyone is lost here."
In court, the family played videos and shared stories about the man they loved. They say Roger was an avid fisher, helped to found his church 'New Life Christian Ministries', and helped everyone he could, even the man found guilty of killing him.
"My father did everything he could, to help him in any way he could," said Roger Mock II. "Even through all the troubles, my father would still try to help him, that's the kind of man he was."
The testimony moved many, even Gorby.
"Gorby was very emotional," said David. "Because, he knows exactly what he took away, the man he called 'father' for 33 years."
"I think he realized the truth of the magnitude of the pain he caused us,"said Mock II. It's a pain, Roger's son says won't go away, but with his father's murderer sentenced to life behind bars, it's a pain he can begin to live with.
He says he will do what he can to make sure his father isn't remembered for the way he was murdered, but instead, for the way he lived his life and the legacy he leaves behind.