Montco man gets prison for shooting Temple student

Posted: October 02, 2013

RICHARD DODDS Jr., a Montgomery County man convicted in July of aggravated assault for shooting and nearly killing a Temple University student after a 2010 off-campus Halloween party, was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison yesterday.

Dodds, 24, who was a student at Gwynedd-Mercy College at the time of the shooting, apologized for firing a hollow-tipped bullet from his legally registered Glock handgun into the chest of Ian Hirst-Hermans, 23.

Dodds had gotten into a fight with the victim and his friends and was tossed out of the party at a home on 17th Street near Diamond. After Hirst-Hermans and his friends left the party, Dodds opened fire.

"We were just two young guys and things got out of hand," said Dodds, whose attorney, Christopher P. Phillips, asked for the minimum prison sentence of five to 10 years.

"I was praying for Ian when he got shot. . . . I was praying that he pulled through," said Dodds, whose bail was revoked after his jury-trial conviction in July.

But Assistant District Attorney Allison Worysz said Dodds deserved 10 to 20 years in prison because he showed no remorse after shooting his victim.

He didn't call 9-1-1 as his victim lay on the ground bleeding out a third of his blood, she said, but he was recorded in jail complaining of being "railroaded" and calling his conviction "bulls---."

In sentencing Dodds, Common Pleas Judge Nina Wright-Padilla told him that he could have just walked away after getting thrown out of the party. She said she believed "the gun empowered you" to stay and make "a really bad decision."


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