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Woman who stabbed Good Samaritan gets 50 years

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A Valparaiso woman found guilty of stabbing a Center Township man in his home last year, after he let her use his telephone, has been sentenced to 50 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

On Friday, Billie Jo Moore, 50, was sentenced to the maximum term for aggravated battery.

Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford, noting that the jury found Moore to be an habitual offender, cited “one of the most extensive criminal histories he has ever seen,” according to a statement released by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Moore’s public defender, Clay Patton, had asked for a sentence of 25 years but Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Trista Hudson said that Moore’s six prior felony convictions and 12 misdemeanor convictions demanded the maximum sentence. Three of those 18 convictions were for battery.

“Bradford told Ms. Moore that she was a danger to society and that the only way he could protect society was to incarcerate her for the maximum period allowed under the law,” the statement said.

The incident occurred on Oct. 10, 2012, after Moore crashed her vehicle into a ditch on Marigold Lane, then walked to Crescent Road, where a 64-year-old man was outside getting his mail, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said. Moore asked the man whether she could use his phone, he let her inside, and shortly after entering the man’s home Moore grabbed a knife from the kitchen table, went into the living room, and attacked the man “for unknown reasons,” police said.

The victim was initially admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Porter Regional Hospital.

Moore, for her part, was treated for minor injuries and she tested positive for cocaine and marijuana in her system, police said.


Posted 9/3/2013