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LOWVILLE — A Watson man was sentenced Friday 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,” said Lyle F. Davoy Sr. 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the plea deal, charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree criminal use of a firearm were withdrawn.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 his son’s death.

Before the incident, the father and son had argued, and the younger Mr. Davoy was shot outside after exiting the relatively remote residence in the western portion of the Adirondack Park, officials have said.

The death was ruled a homicide by Dr. Samuel A. Livingstone, Lewis County coroner’s physician, following an autopsy conducted at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville. Dr. Livingstone determined the cause of death was extensive bleeding stemming from a single gunshot wound.

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

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

However, Judge King said it did not change the fact that “in a brief moment” Davoy was responsible for causing his son’s death.

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

However, the judge chose to stick with the maximum term in 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.

District Attorney Leanne K. Moser said her office would be sending 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, which was not read during Friday’s court proceedings.

“I say very clearly to Mr. Davoy that I appreciate his letter,” she said.

However, Ms. Moser added that the defendant’s remorse now “doesn’t change was happened that night.”

Estranged from his father for most of his life, the younger Mr. Davoy was raised by his mother and stepfather in Virginia, family members have said. However, he relocated to Lewis County a couple of years ago, reconnected with his father and had been living in the Stillwater Road residence with him since December, they said.

“It’s clear they didn’t have a good relationship or a positive relationship,” Ms. Moser said.

The district attorney said she also wished to express the loss felt by the younger Mr. Davoy’s mother and other family members fwho were unable to appear in court.

“They don’t want him forgotten,” she said. “I don’t think his father will forget him.”

Davoy is to serve his prison term at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

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