Craig Anthony Fetty, 30, of Ahwahnee, was sentenced on April 24, to 65 years to life, in Bass Lake Superior Court for the Oct. 20, 2016, murder of Dennis Dolan in Ahwahnee.
Fetty was handed a significant sentence by Judge Charles Wieland. Fetty received 50 years to life for the murder of Dolan and 15 years for burglary and residential robbery with enhancements.
Madera County District Attorney David Linn, said he was pleased with the sentence.
"I believe the law requires every individual to be tried by their peers and in this case he was tried by an Eastern Madera County jury. This is why I fought so hard for Bass Lake Superior Court to become a full time court again, to ensure justice is done in the area."
Fetty was arrested on Oct. 22, 2016, after an investigation by the Madera County Sheriff’s Department into the beating and stabbing of Dolan, who was 68 years old at the time of the incident.
Dolan was found unresponsive outside his residence on Road 600 in Ahwahnee, and later died.
During Fetty’s arrest, Tiffany Dambrino, 21, (Fetty's girlfriend at the time) was also arrested for burglary, battery, and inflicting corporal injury.
Dambrino pleaded guilty on the first day of the trial and testified for the prosecution during Fetty’s trial.
She was sentenced to seven years and four months in March.
During a March preliminary hearing, Madera County Sheriff’s Office detectives John Grayson and Jeff Noland testified that on the night of the incident, Fetty and Dambrino were looking to buy some methamphetamine, and the situation quickly turned deadly.
According to the testimony after Fetty and Dambrino ran out of methamphetamine they went to Dolan's house to look for more. Later an unsuspecting Dolan was punched from behind by Fetty, and then continued to receive blows to the head and body while on the ground.
Dambrino urged Fetty to stop beating Dolan. They began to depart but before they were gone, Fetty returned to Dolan's body and stabbed him in the leg.
Fetty admitted to stabbing Dolan, which may have lead to fatal blood loss through an incision to a large artery.