Daniel M. Dozier, sneering at one of his victims and claiming he was "coerced" by prosecutors, Tuesday was sentenced to 18 years in state prison for shooting two Buffalo businessmen, permanently paralyzing one of them.
State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang denounced Dozier, 21, of Baynes Street, for a series of shootings that left restaurant owner Artis Paul, 28, paralyzed from the chest down and wounded deli owner Alawi "Sam" Algalab, 35, during a separate robbery attempt.
Jailed since his arrest last March 15, Dozier tried to withdraw his Dec. 2 guilty plea to two attempted-murder charges, claiming prosecutors had warned him he faced a life term if convicted in a trial. Wolfgang rejected his attempt to withdraw his pleas.
Paul, owner of a restaurant at Massachusetts and Plymouth avenues, denounced Dozier from his wheelchair for what he called his "cowardly act" of revenge over some long-forgotten personal dispute.
Prosecutor Sarah A. Filocamo said Dozier shot Paul five times as the restaurant owner smoked a cigarette outside his business at about 9 p.m. Jan. 12, 2008. She said he shot and wounded Algalab after unsuccessfully trying to steal state lottery tickets and money from the cash register of his deli at about 1:30 p.m. last Feb. 27.
Filocamo said Algalab has fully recovered, but Paul is now permanently paralyzed from the chest down because one of the bullets fired by Dozier severed his spine.
The prosecutor lauded Buffalo Homicide Detectives Brian Ross and Scott Malec for tracking down Dozier.
According to court records, Dozier shot Paul because of some previous indiscretion involving Dozier's sister. As Dozier was being taken from the courtroom Tuesday, he turned to Paul, sneered at him and made several derisive remarks.