An Edgewood woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the 2014 shooting death of George Moore as he slept in the home the two of them shared.
Tanasha Siena, 35, received the maximum sentences of 30 years for second-degree murder and 20 years for use of a handgun in commission of a felony when she appeared before Harford County Circuit Judge Yolanda Curtin on July 2, Harford County Deputy State's Attorney Diane Adkins Tobin said.
Tobin, who prosecuted the case along with Assist. State's Attorney Alison Healey, said Curtin made the sentences consecutive, hence the 50-year prison term. Siena was convicted of the two charges by a jury on April 21, following a six-day trial. She was acquitted of first-degree murder.
In a phone interview Wednesday, Tobin said she is satisfied with the outcome of the case, both with the judgment and the measure of vindication it gives to the family of the victim.
Tobin said evidence produced by the prosecution during the trial repudiated claims by Siena and her defense counsel that Siena shot Moore in self defense after he allegedly assaulted her.
"We were able to show those claims were unfounded and untrue and give some vindication to Mr. Moore's family through what came out in court," Tobin said. "There was no evidence of domestic abuse."
Siena called 911 on June 2, 2014, reporting she had shot Moore, 37, after he allegedly assaulted her in their home on Mahonia Way, where they lived with their two children, then ages 3 and 14. Investigators with the Harford County Sheriff's Office, however, determined Moore was asleep when he was fatally shot in the upper torso.
In a forensic examination of texts, web searches, phone calls and other information from Siena's cell phone, Tobin said they determined Moore had informed Siena he had a new girlfriend and was going to leave.
"We feel the motive [for the shooting] was jealousy," Tobin said.
According to the State's Attorney's Office, during Siena's sentencing hearing, Curtin heard statements from several members of Moore's family, including his mother, Juanita Moore, who wrote: "I pray every day that I will be able to help his children. I want to stay healthy so that I can give them the love that their parents can't give them now. When I look at his children, I see him in them. They are loving children and always ready to help someone."
The victim's sister, Georgette Moore Milton wrote: "Our family has been cheated. His children have been cheated. We will never see our little brother get married, see his smile or hear his laughter again. His sons will not have their father to guide them into manhood."
Moore was employed as an electrical engineer by NASA at the time of his death, according to the State's Attorney's Office, and was involved in the development of research satellites. His co-workers at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt also presented a statement at the sentencing.
"Not only did the Moore family suffer the loss of their son, brother, uncle, and father, but our country suffered the loss of a very gifted engineer whose talents contributed to scientific research that benefited each and every one of us," Tobin said in her own statement to the court.
This is an updated version containing a correction that the two sentences will be served consecutively.