Former Hastings College soccer player sentenced for murder

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By News 5 Staff


Updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 04:53:58 CST

It will be decades in prison for a former Hastings College soccer player for the stabbing death of his roommate in an Omaha apartment. Gregory Dodds faces 25 to 35 years for Second Degree murder and another 5 to 10 years for use of a weapon to commit a felony. WOWT's John Chapman was in the courtroom and spoke with the victim's family right after.
Vedant Patel was a UNO engineering student. His family sent him to Omaha to chase the American dream. That dream turned into a nightmare when Patel was stabbed to death in his northwest Omaha apartment in March of 2012. His roommate, Gregory Dodds pled no contest to 2nd degree murder in the killing. Today in court, Dodd's attorney blamed the killing on K2-saying the fake pot make him feel crazy, made him hear voices. Patel's mother and father made emotional pleas in court, often times breaking down in tears and crying out loud. At one point the victims father claimed, he wanted to die. But Patel's mother said the drug excuse was just a way to get his sentence reduced.

In the end, Dobbs was sentenced to 25 to 25 years for second degree murder. And 5 to 10 years for use of a weapon. They'll be served consecutively. He'll be eligible for parole in 12 years and with good time could be out in 22 and a half. The victim's family was not happy with the sentencing.

Because of the drugs.
They can't reduce the sentence because of the drugs.
Because a hard criminal knows you can take the drugs and you can reduce them.
He broke into his room, stabbed him multiple times, obviously with the intent to kill him and there isn't any mitigating factor or excuse from the standpoint of whether he used alcohol or he used drugs... that doesn't allow for that to happen.
The judge did take into consideration that Dodds had no criminal history...
A psychologist said he was insane at the time of the killing and that Dodd was not aware of what the K2 was doing to him.