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.