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20-year term in friend's slaying

Richard Dion Moore was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for the fatal shooting of his best friend in a dispute over a delinquent bill for a cell phone they shared.

Demetrius Fountain, 20, was shot twice in the head in Moore's car at Berwyn and Bailey avenues late the night of Oct. 7, 2006, because of Fountain's failure to pay his share of their overdue cell phone bill, prosecutor Thomas M. Finnerty said.

Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico imposed the prison term despite a plea for leniency from Josephine Fountain, the mother of the victim.

Addressing Moore, 24, of Eggert Road, Cheektowaga, the judge called this yet another example of "the continuation of the cycle of violence" -- a tragedy that has led to the "devastation to two families."

Fountain, the mother of 12, told Moore she forgives him even though she doubts the defendant's own mother would have forgiven her son under the same circumstances.

She added that she would rather die herself than have to bury any more of her children.

A passenger in the car, Michael Moore, 23, no relation to the defendant, also was shot in the back before Moore fled. His injuries were not serious, the prosecutor said.

Moore was a fugitive until Jan. 19, when NFTA police arrested him during a routine traffic stop, Finnerty said.

On Aug. 20, as the judge was about to begin jury selection in his trial on second-degree murder, Moore accepted a plea to first-degree manslaughter. Moore also was sentenced to probation in a Buffalo robbery attempt five years ago.


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