- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Norfolk man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing his half-brother in Omaha.

Courtney Moore, 29, was sentenced Tuesday. He had pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and a weapons charge after prosecutors lowered a murder charge filed after the Dec. 27 slaying of 38-year-old Johnny Moore, according to the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/2eTODWQ ).

“I know in my heart that my brother-in-law did not mean to cause this tragedy,” Johnny Moore’s estranged wife Leigha Moore said. “I have forgiven him.”

Relatives said Courtney Moore came to his brother’s house in Omaha over the Christmas holiday to visit their mother, who is from Louisiana but was also in town. Courtney Moore’s attorney James Martin Davis said both Moores had been drinking when they began to fight over some leftover chicken. While family members attempted to break up the fight, Courtney Moore managed to grab a large knife and killed Johnny Moore.

“This is not a Cain and Abel situation at all,” Davis said. “There’s no question they loved each other, but alcohol was involved.”

At the sentencing Tuesday, Courtney Moore acknowledged his actions as wrong, and wished he could take back what happened.

“I love my brother,” he said. “We grew up together.”

Moore must serve at least 12 ½ years of his sentence in prison since state sentencing guidelines cut most sentences in half.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com


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