If one finds themselves charged with murder, Brooklyn, New York is the place to be tried.
According to a jury of Brooklynites, just because a person admits to hacking up his girlfriend’s body and storing her head and feet in a freezer doesn’t necessarily mean he murdered her.
Somorie Moses escaped second-degree murder charges in Brooklyn Supreme Court when he was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and concealment of a corpse, the New York Daily News reported.
The difference being that a criminally negligent homicide rap leaves Moses facing up to four years in prison, at most.
A convicted sex offender, Moses was charged for the 2017 slaying of Leandra Foster, who was forced into a life of prostitution by Moses, according to prosecutors.
Moses, 43, reportedly goes by the name “Sugar Bear” and when he took the stand last week, he described himself as a “gangster pimp.”
Attorney Julie Clark, who represented Moses, argued that as a prostitute, Foster had an impact on her client’s bottom line and Moses would not have been willing to risk that.
“He’s a businessman and I submit to you that a businessman does not like to lose money,” Clark told jurors during closing arguments.
It’s enough to make one wonder how some attorneys sleep at night.
According to Clark, Foster died after she was brutally beaten by a violent john, and while she claimed Moses beat up the attacker, she said he panicked and cut her body up to prevent police from getting involved — because of his line of work and because he was in possession of a gun and cocaine.
Clark conceded that Moses tossed out some of the remains — her headless torso, with one leg still attached, was found at a Bronx trash dump.
“They threw that woman out like she was a piece of trash,” Clark told the jurors. “But at least Mr. Moses admits what kind of person he is.”
Moses called a longtime acquaintance who worked as a commercial trash hauler who tossed it there and a worker at the waste station found it. The acquaintance became a witness for the prosecution after facing a charge of concealing a corpse.
Prosecutors had phone records that showed Foster was still alive when her last client left, according to the New York Daily News, and an autopsy found many of her severe injuries happened while she was still alive.
Assistant District Attorney Sabeeha Madni said Moses sent her text messages saying she would “make her eyes close forever,” and threatening her, “’I will get you. Not how you expect and not when you expect.'”
“All the evidence shows that he killed her and he wanted to get away with it,” Madni told the jury. “Leandra’s life was not disposable, she wasn’t trash to be thrown out and your verdict will speak value to that.”
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