Syracuse man sentenced for shooting Tom Dotterer in the eye

Delvon Harley

Delvon Harley was sentenced Wednesday morning in Onondaga County Court for his involvement in a robbery and shooting that injured Christian Brothers Academy baseball coach Tom Dotterer in January.

Harley was sentenced to 20 years in prison for second degree attempted murder and eight years for two counts of robbery. The sentences will run concurrently.

He pleaded guilty to the charges in August and admitted that he shot Dotterer in the eye.

Harley asked to withdraw his guilty plea in court Tuesday morning. He said he changed his mind and wanted to go to trial. Harley claimed he was under duress when he agreed to the plea because his father had died and he was using a lot of marijuana.

Judge Anthony Aloi denied Harleyâ??s request saying Harleyâ??s father died in February and the plea took place in August, while Harley was in jail.

Two other men, Deoz Miller-Harris and Shireef Williams are serving time in prison for the related robbery of two women on Taft Avenue in Syracuse in January. Dotterer was shot about an hour after that robbery. Miller-Harris was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Williams was sentenced to 16 years in prison.