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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 20, 2014

District Woman Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Stabbing Partner Repeatedly During Argument-Quick Police Work Prevented Victim From Bleeding To Death-

     WASHINGTON – Maya Moore, 25, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to eight years in prison on a charge of aggravated assault while armed stemming from an attack in which she repeatedly stabbed her girlfriend, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Moore pled guilty in September 2014 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for the eight-year prison term. The Honorable Robert E. Morin accepted the plea and sentenced Moore accordingly. Upon completion of her prison term, Moore will be placed on five years of supervised release.

     According to the government’s proffer of evidence, on Aug. 21, 2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Moore had been publicly arguing with her girlfriend in the 4400 block of C Street SE. In the midst of the argument Moore began to stab her girlfriend with a knife.  Moore pursued her girlfriend when she tried to flee and continued to stab her until she fell to the ground.  Moore did not stop stabbing her until police officers arrived on the scene. In total, Moore stabbed her girlfriend 14 times all over her body, including her chest, neck, abdomen, arm, and thigh, which required the application by police of a tourniquet to prevent her from bleeding out.  

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department detectives and officers who investigated the case, particularly the officers whose application of the tourniquet may have saved the victim’s life, and members of the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit who helped coordinate with the victim during the investigation.  He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocates Meshall Thomas and Elsa Resendiz; Victim/Witness Security Specialist Tonya Via, and Paralegal Specialist D’Yvonne Key. Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenechukwu Okocha, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

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Updated February 19, 2015