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Watson man given long prison sentence for killing son

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LOWVILLE — A Watson man was sentenced today in Lewis County Court to 17 years to life in state prison for killing his son with a shotgun.

“All I can say is that I am deeply sorry,” Lyle F. Davoy Sr. said just prior to sentencing on a charge of second-degree murder.

Davoy, 56, of 9520 Stillwater Road, pleaded guilty to the charge Nov. 18 as jury selection for a trial was about to begin. As part of the plea deal, charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree criminal use of a firearm were withdrawn.

Davoy was accused of shooting Lyle F. Davoy Jr., 29, in the upper torso with a 20-gauge shotgun the night of May 13 outside a Stillwater Road residence, causing the son’s death.

The sentence also included payment of $375 in court fees. Lewis County Judge Daniel R. King said he also could have also imposed a $5,000 fine but chose not to do so in what he termed a “painful situation.”

“Mr. Davoy, I wish you luck,” the judge said. “I do appreciate you taking responsibility.”

Defense attorney Gary W. Miles asked Judge King to lower the minimum prison sentence to 15 years, given his client’s “relatively advanced age” that would make him at least 71 or 72 before the earliest release date.

However, the judge chose to stick with the agreed-upon plea deal, although he did indicate he would not object to Davoy’s earliest possible release if he is ever given that opportunity in the future.

District Attorney Leanne K. Moser said her office would send a letter to the state indicating no opposition to that same thing, adding that she was grateful that the defendant had accepted responsibility for his actions in a letter to the court, which was not read today.

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