» This Story:Read +|Watch +| Comments

College Basketball / Men

Scores | Standings | Polls |   Blogs: Cavs | Hokies | Mids | Terps | The 68

Mildred Waters | 'He'd Be a Star Today'

Brittany and Damien Farrare and great-grandmother Mildred Waters hold up an oil painted T-shirt of Carlton Dotson.
Brittany and Damien Farrare and great-grandmother Mildred Waters hold up an oil painted T-shirt of Carlton Dotson. (Mike Wise - The Washington Post)
  Enlarge Photo    

Network News

X Profile
View More Activity
Sunday, June 22, 2008

HURLOCK, Md. -- Inside the brown, one-story rambler that Carlton Dotson grew up in -- in this dusty hamlet of about 2,000 residents on Maryland's Eastern Shore -- Mildred Waters and her kin miss the boy she raised.

This Story
View All Items in This Story
View Only Top Items in This Story

"If he hadn't gotten into trouble, he'd be a star today," lamented Waters, Dotson's 78-year-old great-grandmother. She lives here along with her husband Gilbert, her niece Patricia Waters, 47, and Patricia's two children, Brittany and Damien Farrare, ages 18 and 13.

Waters receives letters from Dotson twice a week, she says, and routinely sends him $20, which is converted to 80 quarters so that he can use the prison vending machines to buy M&M's and Mountain Dew. "He'll eat that 20 dollars quick," she said as she recalled, with a smile, her visit to see Dotson nearly two years ago.

Mildred showed off the picture of the young man in the pencil-thin mustache at senior prom and grabbed the photo album of Dotson and his former wife, Melissa Kethley, who moved back in with her parents after Dotson's erratic behavior and alleged abuse. The divorce was not final until after Dotson was sentenced for the killing.

Dotson was a homecoming king. His grades were below average, but he was an affable classmate who wrote in his senior scrapbook, "My goal in life is to make the most money possible with the least work, have a successful life and marry a nice, smart and pretty wife."

Mildred chuckled at the words. "You talk to Gail?" she asked, using the name by which family and friends know Gilreatha Stoltzfus, Dotson's mother. In a high-pitched, firm tone, she added, "Tell that girl to call home."

Brittany writes Dotson often and has a "Free Carlton" posting on her MySpace page. An aspiring artist, she used oils to paint his likeness from Dotson's graduation picture on a T-shirt, which she and Mildred held up in the kitchen earlier this month as an homage to the young man who sits in a Texas prison for killing his teammate in 2003.

"Both families lost their boy that day," Mildred said.

-- Mike Wise

» This Story:Read +|Watch +| Comments

More in the Sports Section


Terrapins Insider

Get the latest updates on Maryland basketball and football.

Recruiting Insider

Recruiting Insider

Josh Barr keeps you in the loop on the local and national prep talent.


D.C. Sports Bog

Dan Steinberg gives you an inside look at all of your favorite local teams.

© 2008 The Washington Post Company

Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity