Trevor Dooley, the 72-year-old man who shot and killed his neighbor, veteran David James in 2010, after James stepped in to keep Dooley from harassing a skateboarder, has been sentenced to eight years in prison, thankfully, according to a story in The Ledger.
During the trial, Dooley portrayed himself as the true victim, saying he fired only to save his life. After the trial, Dooley, who is black, told reporters the whole case was racist. James, 41, was white. . . During the sentencing proceedings, which began at 9:30 a.m., James’ family asked the judge to give Dooley the maximum punishment. . . You’re a bitter old man trying to convince everyone you’re kind and frail,” James’ widow, Kanina James, told the court Thursday. “I hope your family feels the same pain and heartache we feel.”
It would appear that occasionally the justice system works. Our thoughts remain with the James family especially David’s then 8-year-old daughter who was playing basketball with her father at the time of the shooting and had to call 911 after her father had been shot.
[Link: The Ledger]