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