35-Year Sentence In Baylor Slay

Former Baylor University basketball player Carlton Dotson walks to the court, Wednesday, June 8, 2005, in Waco, Texas. Dotson pleaded guilty Wednesday to the July 2003 killing of teammate Patrick Dennehy. Dotson, 23, who did not enter into a plea agreement with prosecutors, faces from five years to life in prison on the murder conviction. Sentencing is set for June 15. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte) AP

According to court documents, a former Baylor basketball player who pleaded guilty to killing his teammate two years ago told authorities that he thought people were trying to kill him because he "is Jesus, the Son of God."

Carlton Dotson, 23, was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday, a week after he unexpectedly pleaded guilty to murdering his teammate, Patrick Dennehy, 21, two years ago.

Instead of hearing from witnesses Wednesday, state District Judge Ralph Strother made his decision based on documents filed by prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Part of the prosecution's report included FBI documents detailing Dotson's confession, in which he said "a higher power told him to talk to the FBI" and told authorities where to look for Dennehy. The body was found a few days later.

He told FBI agents that one day Dennehy pointed a gun at him after the pair went to gravel pits for target practice. When Dennehy's gun jammed, Dotson said "Father, please forgive me," and shot his friend. He then went to pack his belongings, called a relative to wire him money and drove home to Maryland, throwing the gun in a lake along the way.

But the autopsy doesn't support his self-defense claim. Dennehy was shot twice: once above the right ear and once behind it toward the back of the head.
  • Jarrett Murphy

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