Originally created 01/12/04

Man sentenced for shooting



CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Summerville man convicted of shooting Dorchester County Sheriff's deputy Michael Deese and his police dog this past April has been sentenced 15 years in prison.

Timothy M. Phillips was found guilty for assault and battery with intent to kill, malicious injury to a police dog and possession of a firearm during the commission of violent crime, Dorchester County Sheriff's deputies said.

Besides the 15 years for the assault charge, Phillips got three years and a $2,000 fine for injuring the dog and five years for weapon possession. Deputies say the sentences will run concurrently.

Deese and his dog, Bailey, were on their way to domestic dispute when Phillips' wife, Ashley flagged them down. She said her husband had a loaded shotgun.

Phillips came out of the some bushes. Deese ordered him to drop the gun, but the man began firing. Deese shot back from inside his car.

Deese was hit in the arm, face and chest with birdshot. The 4-year-old bloodhound was also hit.

At the sentencing, Phillips apologized to Deese and his wife.

"It feels real good to finally close that chapter," Deese said.

Deese and Bailey both recovered. Deese was named Deputy of the Year by the South Carolina Sheriff's Association in June.