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Parole Denied For Man Convicted of Killing Young Child

Santa Rosa, CA  –  December 1, 2016  –  California Department of Corrections inmate Gary Moore’s request to be paroled was denied by the Board of Parole Hearings Tuesday after a hearing at the California State Prison, Solano.  Moore, 56, was sentenced on March 20, 1990 to 16 years-to-life after being found guilty of second degree murder by a jury for brutally killing a 23 month-old baby.

The murder occurred after the inmate absconded from parole in November of 1988 and came to Santa Rosa to live with a woman he had befriended through letters while in prison. The two resided in an apartment on Slater Street in Santa Rosa with the woman’s three children ages 4, 3 and 23 months.  On December 12, 1988, Moore returned home from work and took over care of the 3 children.  When their mother returned from work in the evening she found the youngest child was not breathing.  The child was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.  An autopsy revealed the baby suffered multiple blows to the head, multiple contusions to his buttocks, a fractured rib, a pattern injury of fingers on his back, and a lacerated liver.  A pathologist later concluded the victim was beaten to death.  When interviewed by police Moore admitted to spanking the child due to excessive crying, but denied doing anything wrong.  At trial Moore presented a defense that he was an epileptic suffering a grand mal seizure at the time of the incident. 

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This was a horrible case of abuse of a defenseless toddler.  We applaud the Board’s denial of parole, and will continue to argue for his incarceration at every hearing, particularly because he continues to deny responsibility.”

The Board of Parole Hearings issued a three year denial, meaning the inmate will be eligible to re-apply for parole in three years.  Deputy District Attorney Jane Murray attended the hearing on behalf of the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office.


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