ONLY ON WSFA 12 NEWS: Officer's family reacts to guilty plea

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- Just a little more than 18 months after the death of their son, Robert and Kricket McCrory breathe a sigh of relief.

That's because Micah Day, 32, pleaded guilty to two charges in a Montgomery County courtroom Friday, including the reckless murder of Officer Eddie McCcrory in July 2007 as he headed home from work.

"That's much better than going to a trial--not only for us and what we've been through, but for [Day's] family and what they've been through, too," Kricket McCrory said.

The plea came suddenly, just days ahead of pre-trial proceedings.

"He did admit in court that he had a very bad drinking problem and has had a drinking problem for some time," explained Daryl Bailey, Chief Deputy District Attorney.

Investigators say he had driven recklessly--and struck another vehicle--just minutes before killing the young officer.

"He was under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine, and he was fleeing the scene of another crime," Bailey said.

Details that add to the pain.

"There's not a day that goes by that we don't cry for our loss," Kricket McCrory said.

Now, a year and a half later, the McCrorys can finally cling to closure as their son's killer meets his fate.

"We don't hate him.  We hate what he did," Robert McCrory explained.

"Right. We don't hold his family responsible.  This is his decision, and we hold him responsible," Kricket McCrory added.

Sentencing will be held March 2nd.  Stay tuned to WSFA 12 News for the latest developments in this story.