Lewis County Man Pleads Guilty In Son's Shooting Death

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Just as his murder trial was set to get underway, a Lewis County man has pleaded guilty to killing his son.

Jury selection was ready to begin Monday morning in county court for Lyle Davoy Sr.

However, Davoy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in satisfaction of all of the charges against him.

In June, the 57 year old town of Watson man was indicted on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree criminal use of a firearm.

Davoy shot his son with a 20-gauge shotgun during an argument on May 13 at a Stillwater Road residence in the town of Watson.

His 29 year old son Lyle Davoy Jr. died at the scene.

Lyle Davoy Sr. will face no more than 17 1/2 years to life in prison. 

Had he been convicted on all of the charges against him, he could have faced up to 25 years to life in prison.

Beyond the argument, no motive for the murder was ever disclosed. 

But, prosecutors felt their case was strong.

"The People definitely believe we wouldn't have gotten to this stage if we didn't believe we have a strong case and had the evidence necessary to prove the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt," said District Attorney Leanne Moser.

As for defense lawyers, they still believe the case didn't deserve a murder charge.

But they wanted to minimize the potential prison time.

They say Davoy has a good chance of being paroled after he serves the 17 1/2 years.

"He'll be a 74, 75 year old man at that time and what I wanted to do was give him and end date - something to look forward to get out, potentially.  When you're looking at that potential of 25 to life for a man who's 57 years old, you have to minimize the damage," said defense lawyer Gary Miles.

Davoy will be sentenced December 6.

See our original report
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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