SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Three teenagers who were charged in connection with the death of a Scranton police officer two years ago pleaded guilty and were immediately sentenced Thursday in Lackawanna County.

Nasiir Jones, Tanner Curtis and Isiah Edwards were originally facing second-degree murder charges for the death of Scranton patrolman John Wilding.

Barring any appeals, the criminal case is now closed.

The family of Officer John Wilding addressed the judge before each suspect was sentenced saying how their family has been shattered.

The police chief added that each teen has put a hole in the Scranton police department.

Each one of the suspects pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and robbery.

Each suspect was immediately sentenced to nine to 18 years in state prison.

“Nothing, no sentence that the courts or anyone can impose can have ultimate justice or bring John back,” Scranton police chief Carl Graziano said after the sentencing.

Scranton police chief Carl Graziano says his department will never have full closure.

He says Wilding was not a regular police officer but someone who truly excelled.

“If John were here today, he would have been an advocate to try to change those individuals. I truly believe that!” Chief Graziano said.

All three of the suspects were involved in a robbery in West Scranton in July 2015.

Patrolman Wilding was chasing them when he fell over a 15 foot wall and suffered a fatal head injury.

“No one is going to win in this case,” attorney James Elliott said. Elliott represented suspect Tanner Curtis.

Each one of the suspects said they were sorry before being sentenced.

“I’m very happy that we bring closure to the family and that we bring them an opportunity to start moving forward,” Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon said.

The mother, sister and wife of Officer John Wilding addressed the judge before sentencing to talk about the husband, father and community servant who has been lost.

As she left court, Wilding’s mother gave a brief hug to police chief Carl Graziano.

“With the family’s compassion we were able to come to a good conclusion,” defense attorney Chris Osbourne who represented Nasiir Jones said.

In addition to the nine to 18 year prison sentence, the judge also said when the suspects are released they will also have to serve seven years probation.

Each man is now 19 years old.

The judge said he hopes they use their prison time constructively.

The guilty pleas on Thursday come just weeks before jury selection was slated to begin in the teens joint trial. That jury selection was originally scheduled to begin September 22.