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Jury Recommends Life in Prison Without Parole for Michael Moore
BOONE COUNTY, Ky (Angenette Levy) -- A Boone Co. jury spared the life of Michael Moore Wednesday night by recommending the former Sheriff's Deputy spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders of his parents, Warren and Madge.
The Moores were shot to death in their Union home in June 2009.
Michael Moore called 911 that evening and said an intruder shot his parents and then shot him. But during the trial Moore claimed his mother and father had an explosive argument that night and his father shot his mother because she had given Michael her last Oxycontin pill. Moore then claimed he and his father got into a scuffle and his father shot him and he then shot his father in the head after wrestling the gun away from him.
The jurors did not believe the story and convicted Moore.
"We're disappointed. But the justice system is still the best justice system and we will continue to look into avenues with Mr. Moore," said Joanne Lynch who represented Moore.
Jurors deliberated for 90 minutes before returning with the recommendation. They had three options: the death penalty, life without parole and life with the possibility of parole in 25 years. Witnesses for the Commonwealth and for Michael Moore testified before the jury considered the sentences. Warren Moore, Michael's older brother, testified for the prosecution.
"I believe that my mother could have forgiven Michael for killing her. And I believe that my father could have forgiven Michael for killing him. I do not believe that either of them could have forgiven him for killing the other," Warren Moore testified when asked whether his parents were merciful people.
Michael Moore's daughter testified on his behalf.
"I love my dad no matter what. Just like my grandparents loved him and I don't know. I could never consider writing off my dad. It's just not an option for me," Rebecca Moore said.
Boone Co. Asst. Commonwealth Attorney Jason Hiltz said he was pleased by the jury's decision and not disappointed the jurors rejected the death penalty.
Hiltz called Moore's claim of self-defense "ridiculous".
"He's spent the last however many days claiming that his father was a murderer when he's the one that did it. To put his family through that is what makes this case even more offensive," Hiltz said.
The judge could ultimately decide to reduce Moore's sentence but attorneys say that's unlikely. Moore will be formally sentenced in November.