Reginald Dobbins will face 65 years in prison for the murder of Keith Suitter. Today Judge Harold Stewart handed down the sentence for what he called a vicious crime. News Source 8's Ashley Blackford was in the court room and has the details.
"Our family misses Keith everyday," said McGillicuddy. "He was a great brother, father, grandfather and a friend. There is now a huge hole that can't be filled and I can't believe there are such evil people in the world as Dobbins and Geary."
Keith Suitter's sister, Donna McGillicuddy asked Judge Harold Stewart during her victim impact statement to sentence Reginald Dobbins to life in prison for the murder of her brother.
Dobbins often looked at each of the families members who gave victim impact statements. They all requested he be given a life sentence.
Following statements from the Suitter family, Dobbins mother Christie addressed the court. She apologized to Keith's family. She said she was good friends with him and that she was very sorry. She said her son was a good boy, but has mental problems.
Suitter was found brutally beaten and stabbed in his home in March of 2015. Samuel Geary who was 16 at the time, pled guilty to the murder. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison last month.
During Dobbins sentencing, Judge Stewart said Dobbins played a far greater role in the murder than Geary.
Given his age at the time, the fact that there was some premeditation involved to steal money and drugs from Suitter, and that Dobbins brought weapons all played a factor in Judge Stewarts decision.
Dobbins was hand cuffed and led out of the court room by sheriff's deputies.