Guilty plea for Devon Moore in the shooting death of his father
Devon Moore pleaded guilty to first degree murder domestic violence while armed with a firearm in the shooting death of his father, Timothy Moore, on November 2, 2010. Moore will be sentenced next month and could face as much as 380 months in prison. “Mr. Moore has agreed to a maximum sentence for first degree murder, plus an additional five years for being armed with a firearm,” said David Burke, Pacific County Prosecutor.
Moore, who had admitted murdering his father, asserted a mental health defense, and the case had to be delayed in order to accommodate his evaluation at Western State Hospital and to address the anticipated testimony of two defense experts who sought to explain Moore’s actions. Burke singled out his deputy, Mark McClain, who “did an exceptional job in working with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and in consulting with experts from Western State Hospital.” According to Burke, “this plea means that Moore family finally can put this case behind them and experience a degree of closure.”
Moore, who was 16 years old at the time of the shooting, had gone into his father’s room as he slept and shot him four times in the back of the head. Moore then placed his father into a garbage can, drug him into the bed of a pickup truck and took his body to a remote area in Pacific County where he buried his father in a shallow grave. Woodcutters discovered the remains in early April, 2011. Moore had been missing for five months. Due to the serious nature of the charge, Devon was charged as an adult.
Burke noted that Dr. Ray Hendrickson, and his team from Western State Hospital, “worked under difficult conditions to rebut Moore’s assertion that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.” Burke added that “there was no credible evidence to support the conclusion that Moore suffered from any disorder.” Burke stated that this plea agreement was driven by the family’s desire for finality. “We take a family’s desire for closure to heart and balance their wishes with our community’s need to be protected from a person who would do this terrible act.” “Unfortunately, I have no crystal ball, but I do believe that this plea is in the interests of justice,” Burke added.
Moore’s sentencing hearing will take place November 15 in the Pacific County Superior Court.