Morgantown man receives 40-year prison sentence for High Street murder

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A Morgantown man was sentenced to prison for murder Wednesday.

Lemir Baker-Moore, 22, shot and killed Brian Green, originally of New Jersey, after a fight on High Street in Morgantown on August 25, 2016.

Green and Baker-Moore’s friend, David Annonio, were involved in a fight, according to the Morgantown Police Department. During the fight, Baker-Moore fired multiple rounds from a handgun striking both Annonio and Green. Annonio was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and survived the incident. Green was pronounced dead on scene.

Baker-Moore’s attorney argued that his client had no criminal history, has held gainful employment and that the crime was the “perfect storm.” According to his attorney, Baker-Moore’s friend, Annonio, was getting beat up, and a gun Annonio was carrying fell to the ground during the fight. Baker-Moore, who was carrying a gun of his own, picked Annonio’s gun up and used it to shoot Green.

Baker-Moore’s attorney asked for his client to be sent to the Anthony Correctional Center or receive a 10-year sentence.

After apologizing to Green’s family, Baker-Moore said he would like to be a productive member of society.

Green’s brother spoke next and told Baker-Moore that he forgave him because of his faith but asked that the judge give Baker-Moore the maximum sentence.

The state argued to the judge that the fight on High Street began over a cigarette and that Annonio started the fight. They agreed that Baker-Moore picked up Annonio’s gun and said that he shot the weapon 11 times until the gun was empty.

The state said Green was, essentially, murdered for winning the fight and asked the judge to sentence Baker-Moore to 40 years, which is the maximum.

The judge said Baker-Moore would normally be a candidate for the Anthony Correctional Center but said he had already received the benefit of being charged with a lesser charge by the state when he pleaded to second-degree murder. Instead, the judge decided to sentence Baker-Moore to 40 years in prison with the possibility of parole in 10 years. He will receive credit for time served, the judge said, so he could be eligible for parole in eight years and six months.

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