Moon sentencing postponed

Defense asks for new trial
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A judge is scheduled to decide next month whether William “Billy” Moon will receive a new trial. Moon made a brief appearance in Placer County Superior Court Thursday morning when the postponement was announced. His defense attorney Dennis Riordan recently filed a motion for a new trial, so prosecutor Stephanie Macumber asked to continue the hearing so she could have adequate time to respond. Both sides agreed to the continuance and Judge Larry Gaddis moved the hearing to March 19. Moon, 24, 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. According to prosecutors, both men were riding in a 2004 Infiniti G35 that night in June when the car launched off a hill on Bell Road just south of Hubbard Road at 103.3 mph, lost control upon landing and slammed into several oak trees lining the side of the road. If the motion for a new trial is dismissed in March, Moon could be sentenced. He faces a 15-year to life term in state prison. See Sunday’s Journal for a full report of the motion for a new trial, the family’s letter to the judge and the District Attorney’s Office response to the defense's claims against them. -Jenifer Gee