Thursday Mar 19 2009
Moon sentenced to four years in jail
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Judge said he went ‘back and forth’ making decision
---------- Editor's note: For reaction from family members, read "Victim's mother accepts apology from defendant." ---------- ROSEVILLE - A judge sentenced William “Billy” Moon to four years in county jail and 12 years of formal probation for second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter Thursday morning. Judge Larry Gaddis’ sentence also precluded Moon from ever being able to appeal his murder conviction. “I want Mr. Moon to remember this well into his 30s,” Gaddis said. Moon has been in custody at Placer County jail since he was convicted in October of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the June 3, 2006 death of Placer High School graduate Stewart Shapton. Gaddis told a packed Roseville courtroom that his mind had gone “back and forth” in trying to determine a sentence in the case. He said he had a choice between sentencing 24-year-old Moon to probation or 15 years to life in state prison. Gaddis then proceeded to list several of the reason why he was going to grant Moon a strict probation sentence, warning that if Moon should violate probation terms, he could be sentenced to the lengthy prison term. Moon’s sentence followed Gaddis’ denial of a defensive motion for a new trial. Gaddis said earlier in the morning that he thought there was no basis for the defense’s asserations that there was no sufficient evidence to convict Moon, that the prosecuation had violated discovery rules and that medical records were improperly used. Moon’s probation sentence includes four years in county jail, with credit for 164 days served since Thursday. He will also serve 12 years of formal probation. The restrictions include: - He’s subject to search and seizure - He cannot consume alcohol or go to bars - He must attend at least 25 victim’s impact panels - His driver’s license is revoked for at least 10 years and there is a possibility he may never be eligible for one. If he does regain a driver’s license, he must have an interlock ignition device installed for the first two years. - Moon cannot leave the state or change his address without permission and notification to the court and probation office. - He was also ordered not to contact or harass the victim’s family - He will also pay more than $3,000 in penalities, fines and restitution. “I truly hope he has the ability to comply with this,” Gaddis said. “It appears he has a great support system with his family. That support system needs to be tightened up.” The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at email@example.com or post a comment.