By Mike Perleberg
A Boone County jury recommended Wednesday that Michael Moore, 43, be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
(Burlington, Ky.) - Michael Moore’s life will be spared, but the rest of it will be spent behind bars.
The former Warren County, Ohio sheriff’s deputy was convicted earlier this week in Boone County Circuit Court of the 2009 murders of his parents, Warren and Madge Moore, in their Union home. Jurors returned guilty verdicts on two counts of murder and single counts of tampering with evidence and making false statements.
The sentencing phase of the trial began Wednesday. He was eligible for the death penalty, however, Moore’s daughter and his defense attorneys ask that his life be spared.
After deliberating for a few hours, jurors returned a recommendation Wednesday evening that Moore, 43, be given life in prison without the possibility of parole. Though inconsequential, the jurors also recommended five years for Moore’s tampering with evidence conviction and one year for the false reporting crime.
The judge must follow the jury’s recommendation during the formal sentencing in November.
Prosecutors said the 12 jurors showed Warren and Madge Moore more mercy than their own son did.