Presiding Circuit Judge Malcolm Street issued one sentence for each of the 37-year-old’s guilty verdicts.
A jury convicted Moore last week of capital murder and two counts of attempted murder during a retrial in Street’s courtroom.
In 2007, another group of jurors originally convicted Moore of shooting to death Eugene Johnson and Xerxes Stanford and shooting Tationna Williams in the face during a 2003 Oxford burglary.
Two years after that first trial, the Alabama Criminal Court of Appeals overturned those earlier convictions, stating that the 2007 trial violated Moore’s rights as a defendant.
Still, Moore was found guilty of all three counts for the second time during last week’s retrial.
But at the Tuesday sentencing hearing, Moore maintained his innocence and requested to appeal the most recent verdicts.
“Your loved ones’ blood is not on my hands,” Moore said, turning to face the victims’ family members gathered in the courtroom. “I shouldn’t be held accountable for what I didn’t do … the state presented me as a monster.”
In a victim’s statement, the brother of Eugene Johnson said Moore certainly should be held accountable for Johnson’s death.
“Preston Moore made a decision to kill Eugene that night, ensuring that he was dead … by putting a bullet through the back of his head when he was already gone,” Larry Johnson said. Then he specifically addressed the defendant:
“What you did to him was wrong, so we have no regret that you should pay for that.”
Telesa Stanford, the sister of the deceased Xerxes Stanford and aunt of Tationna Williams, said she forgave Moore but wished he would admit to his wrongdoings.
“Ask God for forgiveness,” Telesa Stanford said during her victim’s statement. “I don’t wish any ill will to you.”
Moore was adamant that he was not responsible for the deaths of Johnson and Xerxes Stanford, nor the injury to Williams.
“Eugene’s blood is not on my hand. Xerxes’ blood is not on my hand. Tationna’s blood is not on my hand,” Moore said. “Now, ya’ll have a good day.”
Street granted the prosecution’s request to sentence Moore under the habitual offender law for a prior felony on his record.
Moore could not receive the death penalty in this case, because he had already been sentenced to life in prison without parole before.
He received three of those life terms – one for each guilty verdict – was fined $10,000 for each count and told to pay court costs.
Street ordered that Moore be transported to the state penitentiary after the hearing.
The defendant will remain there until his first hearing on appeal.
Contact Star Staff Writer Cameron Steele at 256-235-3562.