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Man gets 30 years for drug ring conviction

| Friday, April 29, 2011

A federal judge Thursday sentenced a Beaver County man to 30 years in prison for helping sell about 60 kilograms of cocaine and 10 kilograms of crack from 2003-08.

Anthony A. Dorsett, 34, of Aliquippa pleaded guilty in August 2009 to participating in a drug ring. Dorsett, the nephew of University of Pittsburgh football legend Tony Dorsett, was one of 13 people charged with participating in the ring.

U.S. District Judge Alan Bloch also sentenced Dorsett to 10 years of probation.

Beaver County District Attorney Tony Berosh said Dorsett is a key witness against three other Aliquippa men charged with murdering Jordan F. Cain, 20, while he worked in a home recording studio in the Plan 11 neighborhood in 2006.

Berosh said Cain was an innocent victim killed in a drug-related shooting committed by Billy Love Dawkins Jr., 27; Travon Jamar Dawkins, 24; and Rhett Damar Spears, 27.

Police said the three men opened up on the house with semiautomatic weapons.

Spears and Billy Love Dawkins were codefendants with Dorsett in the 2008 drug ring case. They each pleaded guilty in 2009 to a drug conspiracy charge. Bloch sentenced Dawkins in May 2010 to 30 years in prison and five years of probation. He sentenced Spears in April 2010 to 27 years in prison and five years of probation.

Travon Jamar Dawkins was charged in 2009 with possession of crack. He pleaded guilty in October 2009, and Bloch sentenced him in April 2010 to five years in prison and five years of probation.

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