Man charged in hit-and-run pleads guilty, sentenced to 5 years

Philip Wucherer in bond court last year (WCIV)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) -- The man who pleaded guilty to two counts to a hit-and-run that injured four children in Summerville was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday.

Philip Andrew Wucherer was charged with three counts of leaving the scene of a collision involving great bodily injury, and one count of leaving the scene of a collision involving personal injury.

He was facing up to 10 years in prison. His attorney called the five-year sentence a "fair resolution." He has already served 199 days.

During the hearing,{}Wucherer told the judge he had never been treated for drug, alcohol or mental illness issues.{}Wucherer's attorney told the court that his client did suffer from severe social anxiety disorder and ADHD.

Wucherer's fiancee was in the court with him Thursday. His attorney told the judge that{}Wucherer has a one-year-old son.

"Whether he did it intentionally or not, which I know he didn't do it intentionally. I mean you do the crime you do the time. I mean I guess that the way it's got to be," said Brittany Adams, Wucherer's fiancee.{}

She said the victims deserve justice.

For 15-year-old Dottie Jackson, one of the victims in the hit-and-run who has gone through months of surgeries and rehabilitation,{}five years was not{}enough.

Investigators say the children were hit late the night of Aug. 25. Their parents{}said the kids snuck out of the house on Paddock Way, in a Sangaree subdivision to get access to WiFi for their phones.

Wucherer's bond was set at $600,000{}in August.

According to a State Law Enforcement Division{}background check,{}Wucherer has past charges of criminal domestic violence. He's also listed in the report as a convicted sex offender.

According to court papers, Wucherer was driving his mother's car during the hit-and-run. Investigators say it was her tip that led to his arrest.