Montco man convicted of assaulting Temple student he shot

Posted: July 21, 2013

A MONTGOMERY County Community College student who claimed he shot a Temple student in self-defense after brawling with him at a 2010 Halloween party appeared stunned yesterday when a Philadelphia jury convicted him of aggravated assault.

Richard M. Dodds also was convicted of possession of an instrument of crime but was acquitted of attempted murder.

Common Pleas Judge Nina N. Wright Padilla revoked Dodds' bail and set sentencing for Sept. 30. He faces a mandatory five to 10 years in prison and a maximum of 12 1/2 to 25 years.

Ian Hirst-Hermans, 20, has since recovered from the bullet to his chest.

During the fight at a home on 17th Street near Diamond, Dodds took on the victim and several of his friends, suffered two black eyes, a bloody mouth and got kicked out.

The shooting happened after the victim and his friends left the party.

"I think his actions were justified under the circumstances," said defense attorney Christopher P. Phillips, who will appeal.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Worysz disagreed. "His life was never threatened," he said. "You can only use deadly force if your life is in imminent danger."

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