Rock Hill man to serve time for shoot­ing

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Local & State - BY AN­DREW DYS [email protected]­al­don­

A Rock Hill man has been sen­tenced to seven years in prison for a 2017 shoot­ing over a woman, even though he did not have to ad­mit guilt in court, lawyers said.

Ricky Ty­rone Dock­ery, 27, pleaded guilty in York County court to as­sault and bat­tery of a high and ag­gra­vated na­ture un­der what is called an Al­ford plea. In an Al­ford plea in South Carolina, a de­fen­dant ac­cepts the pun­ish­ment of a guilty plea with­out ad­mit­ting guilt by ac­cept­ing that if the case went to trial, he would likely be found guilty, pros­e­cu­tors said.

In Oc­to­ber 2017, the vic­tim was shot in the neck after an al­ter­ca­tion at a traf­fic light in Rock Hill, ac­cord­ing to court tes­ti­mony. Dock­ery had fol­lowed the vic­tim as the two cars were driv­ing through the city, pros­e­cu­tors said.

“The ar­gu­ment ended when Ricky Dock­ery pulled out a pis­tol and shot (the vic­tim) in the neck,” said Misti Shel­ton, 16th Cir­cuit se­nior as­sis­tant so­lic­i­tor.

The vic­tim was able to walk to a nearby gas sta­tion and call for help, Shel­ton said.

The vic­tim iden­ti­fied Dock­ery as the shooter, Shel­ton said. The vic­tim told po­lice he be­lieved Dock­ery was in a re­la­tion­ship with his ex-girl­friend, Shel­ton said.

Two days later, Dock­ery was ar­rested on a charge of at­tempted mur­der while in York, Shel­ton said. Po­lice re­cov­ered the pis­tol used in the shoot­ing, she said.

In an in­ter­view with

de­tec­tives, Dock­ery ad­mit­ted to shoot­ing the vic­tim, Shel­ton said.

At­tempted mur­der car- ries up to 30 years in prison. The case was set for trial this week in crim­i­nal court. How­ever, an agree- ment on a plea to a lesser charge was reached be­fore trial, said Shel­ton and Ge­off Dunn, Dock­ery’s lawyer.

Dock­ery will not be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role, Shel­ton said.

Dock­ery has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for felony re­sist­ing ar­rest and threat­en­ing the life of a pub­lic of­fi­cial, court records show.

Ricky Dock­ery

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