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Andrew Dotson murder 9/2001 Columbus, OH *James T. Conway III convicted; sentenced to death; 2 other men convicted and sentenced to prison*


Andrew Dotson

New Accusations In Murder For Hire Case
The State of Ohio v James T. Conway III 2006
Conway arraigned for aggravated murder in new conspiracy case
James T. Conway III – Ohio Death Row
Court Affirms Death Sentence of Columbus Killer
State of Ohio v Calvin J. Horton 2005
A YOUNG MAN’S MURDER IS SOLVED BY HIS MOM, ON ABC’S “FINAL WITNESS”
Jason Gervais murder 1/19/2002 Columbus, OH *James T. Conway III convicted of his murder, sentenced to death; Has another death sentence for another murder as well* (the other murder James Conway was convicted of)

Movies/Documentaries
Final Witness: A Mother’s Revenge

Defendants
James T. Conway III, 23 – convicted; sentenced to death
Calvin Horton – convicted; sentenced to LWOP
Shawn Nightingale * convicted; sentenced to 20 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

JAMES CONWAY III
Number: A457203
DOB: 06/29/1978
Gender: Male
Race: White
Admission Date: 10/09/2003
Institution: Chillicothe Correctional Institution
Status: INCARCERATED

Offense Information
AGG MURDER Counts: 1 ORC: 2903.01 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 10/09/2003 Degree of Felony: AM
ATTEMPTED AGG MURDER Counts: 1 ORC: 2903.01 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 10/09/2003 Degree of Felony: First
WEAPON UNDER DISABILITY Counts: 1 ORC: 2923.13 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 10/09/2003 Degree of Felony: Fifth
POSS CRIMINAL TOOLS Counts: 1 ORC: 2923.24 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 10/09/2003 Degree of Felony: Fifth
ABUSE OF A CORPSE Counts: 1 ORC: 2927.01 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 10/09/2003 Degree of Felony: Fifth
OBSTRUCT JUSTICE Counts: 1 ORC: 2921.32 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 10/09/2003 Degree of Felony: Third
TAMPER W/EVIDENCE Counts: 1 ORC: 2921.12 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 10/09/2003 Degree of Felony: Third
AGG MURDER Counts: 1 ORC: 2903.01 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 10/09/2003 Degree of Felony: MR

Sentence Information
Stated Prison Term: 12 years
Gun Specification: 3 years
Indefinite Sentence Min: Death Sentence
Indefinite Sentence Max: Death Sentence
Expiration of Max Sentence: 01/01/7777

INMATE INFORMATION

CALVIN HORTON
Number: A449147
DOB: 09/02/1979
Gender: Male
Race: White
Admission Date: 06/27/2003
Institution: Ohio State Penitentiary
Status: INCARCERATED

Offense Information
AGG MURDER Counts: 1 ORC: 2903.01 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 06/27/2003 Degree of Felony: AM
KIDNAPPING Counts: 1 ORC: 2905.01 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 06/27/2003 Degree of Felony: First
ABUSE OF A CORPSE Counts: 1 ORC: 2927.01 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 06/27/2003 Degree of Felony: Fifth
OBSTRUCT JUSTICE Counts: 1 ORC: 2921.32 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 06/27/2003 Degree of Felony: Third
TAMPER W/EVIDENCE Counts: 1 ORC: 2921.12 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 06/27/2003 Degree of Felony: Third

Sentence Information
Stated Prison Term: 21 years
Indefinite Sentence Min: Life Sentence
Indefinite Sentence Max: Life Sentence
Expiration of Max Sentence: 01/01/8888

INMATE INFORMATION

SHAWN E NIGHTINGALE
Number: A455582
DOB: 01/09/1981
Gender: Male
Race: White
Admission Date: 08/18/2003
Institution: Pickaway Correctional Institution
Status: INCARCERATED

Offense Information
CONSPIRACY AGG MURDER Counts: 1 ORC: 2903.01 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 08/18/2003 Degree of Felony: First
INVOL MANSLAUGHTER Counts: 1 ORC: 2903.04 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 08/18/2003 Degree of Felony: First
KIDNAPPING Counts: 1 ORC: 2905.01 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 08/18/2003 Degree of Felony: First
OBSTRUCT JUSTICE Counts: 1 ORC: 2921.32 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 08/18/2003 Degree of Felony: Third
TAMPER W/EVIDENCE Counts: 1 ORC: 2921.12 4
Committing County: FRANKLIN Admission Date: 08/18/2003 Degree of Felony: Third
DRUG TRAFFICKING Counts: 1 ORC: 2925.03 4
Committing County: ROSS Admission Date: 06/11/2004 Degree of Felony: Third
POSS. OF DRUGS Counts: 1 ORC: 2925.11 4
Committing County: ROSS Admission Date: 06/11/2004 Degree of Felony: Fifth
COMPLICITY AGG ROBBERY Counts: 1 ORC: 2911.01 4
Committing County: ROSS Admission Date: 06/11/2004 Degree of Felony: First
CONSPIRACY AGG ROBBERY Counts: 1 ORC: 2911.01 4
Committing County: ROSS Admission Date: 06/11/2004 Degree of Felony: Second

Sentence Information
Stated Prison Term: 20 years
Expiration Stated Term: 05/09/2022

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14 Responses

  1. please take his facebook page off of here i dont want random people to keep joining it

  2. thank you :)

  3. I feel for Andrew’s mom; she lost her child; because he got in with the wrong crowd. The same thing happened to Shawn.Shawn’s childhood, growing up, was tough. He was pretty much on his own since he was very young. It would be my hope that some follow-up would be done on this case. Yes, Shawn was there, he participated, he was into drugs (and so was Andrew) according to testimony. Shawn was following orders from a man they ALL thought was their way to a better life.SHAWN DID NOT KILL ANDREW. It would be my hope that Andrew’s mom would visit and talk to Shawn. He is a changed man. It has been 11 years that he has been in prison…can’t someone help him to get an “early out”? Shawn’s mom is in bad health. She spends her days wondering how she is going to get to the prison to see her son. She doesn’t drive; and has to depend on others to take her to see her son., There aren’t too many in the family willing to do that every week. He and his mom were targets to be killed.too. Thank God Conway didn’t get to them. Again, I feel for Andrew’s mom, but hasn’t Shawn paid his dues?

    • forget that loser they all deserve to get what they deserve fuck his mothers health she raised A loser either she did A bad job or she was A white trash loser like all whom are involved in this case you realize what I am saying is shawn is not innocent andrew was all they had to do is gang up together and go against conway and that loser mike got off easy what is that white trash loser doing now ?

    • I don’t understand why Shawn got so much a harsher sentence than Mike. They were equally culpable. 20 years doesn’t seem fair for someone who refused to commit murder even though he was probably scared of the scum Conway too. Maybe I need more backstory on Shawn. I haven’t lived in Columbus for many many years. Can someone fill in the blanks for me on this guy?

      • Curious… the only reason Shawn got so much time is because he refused to testify against James Conway….(although maybe not right or doesn’t make much sense…Jimmy took Shawn in…and Shawn felt “wanted”…felt part of a family) All of Shawn’s hometown friends now all have families and careers…..too bad Shawn didn’t listen to them for Shawn to stay away from Jimmy!!!

  4. I dont think there is such a thing called “paying dues” when you help take the life of another, yes Andrews mom lost her son. but also Andrews son lost his father. Regardless of the situation, drugs, wrong crowd, whatever. Shawns mom still gets to see her son.. Andrews mom and son will never get that chance again. So no I dont think that someone can just pay their “dues” and spend 11 years in prison… over any amount of time.. to get out and see their family, when that victims family never gets that. Its called an eye for an eye.

  5. you are sooo right, Tiffnay! He could’ve helped stop the killing of Andrew and he didn’t….he’s just as guilty to me as if he killed Andrew himself. Just because Andrew did drugs along with Shawn, doesn’t mean he deserved to die and it’s all fine. To me, Shawn should be a lifer like the other two.. rip Andrew

    • AGREED!!! …Tiffnay and Teresa, ur so right…I wonder if Darlene would feel that same compassion if, God forbid, *her* family were in that same situation – I think not. Shawn, as well as ANYONE else who had a hand in this, should all be rotting in prison!

  6. RIP Andy

  7. Can anyone give me info on Nightingale. Something has to be missing 4 yrs vs 20 has to be more than one guy talking to cops first. It doesn’t seem fair they seem to both have played the same role. Someone that knows please fill in the blanks on Shawn cause something isnt adding up here.

    • Curious,

      Actually, Andrew is the person to be remembered here and thought of, not those who killed him. Please think about him here. Honestly, Shawn does not really matter. Think of Andrew’s loved ones and have respect for them.

  8. what exactly was calvin hortons role in all this? does anyone know

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