David Dodd, who pleaded guilty to defrauding clients out of millions on the Capitol View Commerce Center project, was sentenced to federal prison for 87 months, or more than seven years, today.
Here are staff reporter Jason Scott's tweets from the courthouse:
Dodd wants to deal. He will drop appeal of restitution and objection for sentence of no more than 70 to 87 months. #hbg— Jason Scott (@JScottJournal) February 27, 2014
David Dodd gets 87- month sentence over failed Capitol View project. #hbg He pleaded guilty in late 2011.— Jason Scott (@JScottJournal) February 27, 2014
Evil motives did take hold, judge says. Dodd offered sincere apology to all parties. #hbg— Jason Scott (@JScottJournal) February 27, 2014
Restitution is nearly $21m in this case— Jason Scott (@JScottJournal) February 27, 2014
Dodd taken into custody immediately.— Jason Scott (@JScottJournal) February 27, 2014
Dodd said he believed he could handle Capitol View. "I made decisions out of desperation not experience. "— Jason Scott (@JScottJournal) February 27, 2014
Dodd: I have lost everything. #hbg. He says he is truly sorry to all harmed by his failed project.— Jason Scott (@JScottJournal) February 27, 2014
The Capitol View Commerce Center property was purchased at an auction in November by John Moran Jr., owner of Watsontown-based trucking company Moran Industries. Moran said at the time that his company plans to invest about $10 million to finish the facility, which he hopes to occupy by next summer.
Restitution in the case is as follows:
H&R Mechanical, $1,255,468.62
Weaver Glass, $594,890.00
Stone Fire Protection, $308,755.40
Scheadler Yesco, $390,767.05
Stewart-Amos Steel, $622,146.52
Macri Concrete, $323,057.70
H.W. Nauman, $31,672.47
Herre Brothers, Inc., $1,265,237.50
Metro Bank, $9,489,864.88
Dauphin County, $2,752,450.64
City of Harrisburg, $3,512,777.70 and $308,328.54
Herre Bros. went out of business as a result of the failed Capitol View project.
U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said it is likely Dodd will never pay back all of that money, but the government will pursue “every nickel.”
Harrisburg could lose 14 percent of its U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, allocation over the next 11 years because of Capitol View. That is based on a flat-funding projection, according to city officials.
Dodd, 45, was also sentenced to two years of supervised release, following his 87-month federal prison sentence. The latter could be a few months shorter for good behavior, prosecutors said.
Sentencing guidelines in this matter called for 21 months more in prison time. An agreement was reached that Dodd would accept 70 to 87 months if he dropped his appeal of the restitution and other objections in the case.
Smith said it’s possible Dodd could have gotten a lighter sentence had he not “dragged out” the process this long. He pleaded guilty in November 2011.
“It had gone on for longer than necessary,” Smith said.
Dodd said his intentions were good, but that he made poor decisions.
“I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said. Those decisions were “wrong and they hurt people,” he added.