Mississippi prosecutors will use a Facebook post from 2010 when Gerome Moore was 13 showing him in possession of a handgun and “arguably” displaying gang signs to try to show Moore should be sentenced to life without parole for the shooting death of a woman last year, reports the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Moore was convicted of capital murder in September, but his sentencing is on hold. Moore was 17 at the time of the crime. He didn’t shoot the woman, but his gun was used. He and at least two others were driving around that evening looking for someone to rob.
Prosecutors say that when the woman got out of her car, two of Moore’s companions tried to take her purse. She resisted and one of them shot her. Prosecutors believe Moore stayed in the car and was the getaway driver, although he provided the weapon. Assistant District Attorney Randy Harris said, “The cumulative resume of Gerome Moore qualifies him for that exact sentence of life without parole.” Moore’s attorney, Aafram Sellers, argues his client shouldn’t receive a sentence of life without parole. “Clearly, a child who did not actually kill or intend to kill anyone will not be among the uncommon and rare juvenile homicide offenders who might permissibly receive the state’s harshest prison sentence,” Sellers said. Sellers said said punishment of life in prison without parole would be disproportionate to the sentence of the shooter in the case, Antwain Dukes, who received a sentence of 25 years.