Tony Dorsett's nephew headed back to prison

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Three months to the day after leaving prison on supervised release after a reduced sentence, Anthony A. Dorsett, nephew of famed running back Tony Dorsett, is heading back to prison.

Federal Judge Alan Bloch found Dorsett violated the terms of release after he was charged with assaulting a man June 21 in Jessie’s Cafe in Aliquippa, and sentenced him to the maximum five years in prison.

Dorsett had been on supervised release after a 30-year sentence for leading a cocaine conspiracy was reduced to time served in exchange for testimony against co-conspirators.

According to prosecutors, Dorsett entered the bar with pistol in hand and beat Anthony Adamson, who sustained a head cut and was later taken to the hospital. Tamika Walker, a bartender at Jessie’s Cafe, testified Tuesday to this narrative, except where the gun is concerned, saying she was uncertain if Dorsett had a gun during the altercation.

The prosecution countered with a recording of Ms. Walker’s 911 call from the evening of the incident, as well as a written statement by her from that night, both referencing a gun. A woman could be heard during the call saying that Dorsett “pulled a gun on one of my customers” and that he “pistol-whipped” Mr. Adamson and “beat him with the gun.”

After being released from the hospital, Mr. Adamson attempted to retaliate, shooting rounds outside of Dorsett’s home and allegedly at Dorsett’s son, according to prosecutors. Mr. Adamson is a fugitive, wanted for attempted homicide.

Defense attorney Ubong Akpan highlighted the events leading up to the incident. According to Dorsett’s testimony and that of his wife, Mr. Adamson and his brother Brandon had initiated an altercation shortly before the incident at a wedding reception for a mutual relative. When Dorsett entered the bar hours later to get something to eat, Mr. Adamson was there and attacked Dorsett with a friend, after which Dorsett fled, prosecutors said.

Dorsett testified that he had not been actively seeking Mr. Adamson and possessed no gun at the time. No gun was found at his home after a search by investigators.

Mrs. Akpan also brought into evidence posts by Mr. Adamson on social media harassing Dorsett for being a “snitch,” and brought up the fact that Dorsett testified against Mr. Adamson’s cousin. She showed that Dorsett had obtained a job since release and had done volunteer work in the community.

The inconsistent testimony of Mrs. Walker was enough for Judge Bloch to find Dorsett guilty of his terms of release. Judge Bloch asserted that Dorsett had made “little to no effort” to reform his life, citing his refusal after leaving prison to enter into a post-release security program, and lamented that he could not go beyond the maximum sentence of five years.

State charges against Dorsett filed in Beaver County in relation to the June 21 incident were previously dismissed. Dorsett has 14 days to file an appeal.


Albert Anderson: 412-263-1454 or aanderson@post-gazette.com First Published August 19, 2014 5:42 PM


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