A man accused of robbing a liquor store and shooting the store owner, Christian Brothers Academy baseball coach, in the eye was sentenced to 16 years in prison and two years probation in Onondaga County Court on Thursday morning.
Shireff Williams III, 19, was sentenced for his participation in an attempted robbery on January 23. 77-year-old Tom Dotterer, owner of Syracuse Wine and Spirits, was shot in the eye during the robbery.
Williams pleaded guilty on April 24 to three counts of felony first degree robbery for his role in the robbery and shooting. He was sentenced to 16 years for each count to be served concurrently.
Police say another man, 23-year-old Delvon H. Harley, was also involved in the robbery. He is expected back in court for motions on May 23.
Police say the robbery of Dottererâ??s store was related to another robbery on the same night where two women were robbed of their purses at gun point on Taft Avenue.
A third man, 18-year-old Deoz Miller-Harris, was indicted by a grand jury in charges related to the Taft Avenue robbery
After being shot, Dotterer was taken to the hospital in critical condition and had surgery to repair his eye. He was released from the hospital about a week later with plans to continue coaching.