Mr. Robert K. Moore is 49 years old and currently incarcerated at Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone, NY. On January 19, 2014, Mr. Moore was arrested in Wyandanch, NY, a hamlet of Babylon, NY in Long Island. He was subsequently tried and convicted of Attempted Murder 2 and Assault 1 in the Suffolk County Criminal Court. His release date is set for April of 2029.
In the early morning hours of January 19, 2014, Robert Moore and his girlfriend were returning to their home in Dix Hills, NY after attending a family gathering Brooklyn. Mr. Moore stopped at a BP gas station to purchase cigarettes on "Straight Path", the main drag in Wyandanch at roughly 3:45 AM. Straight Path was a familiar to Robert, and an area where crimes occur regularly. While stopped at the gas station, Mr. Moore began to open the trunk of his car in order to retrieve his girlfriend's pocket book. Suddenly, an individual later identified as Solomon Myailtha ("Africa") came from behind a parked white van. Mr. Myailtha removed a three-foot length of fence post from the van. The fence post had black electrical tape wrapped around the handle. While Mr. Moore's back was turned, Myailtha struck Mr. Moore on the back of his head with the steel pipe. Mr. Moore fought back. The police were called to the scene, and Mr. Moore was arrested, charged with Assault in the 3rd degree, shortly upgraded to Assault 2. Mr. Moore was held in the Suffolk County Jail until his arraignment, due to bail being set at $1,000,000. The entire incident was captured on video tape. (The video was entered into evidence, but the prosecutor used the video against Mr. Moore.) Robert Moore sat in Riverhead County Jail for 16 months awaiting trial.
No charges were brought against "Africa", despite his attacking Mr. Moore. It was also discovered that "Africa" had cocaine in his possession as well as a "gravity knife", a knife with a blade contained in its handle, and which opens its blade by the force of inertia or gravity.
The trial judge, William Condon, offered Robert a sentence of three years if Robert would plead guilty to charges of Attempted Murder 2 and Assault 1 (defined as an assault with an intention to kill). Believing in his innocence stemming from simply defending himself against a violent attack, Robert rejected this offer, and asked for a trial. Represented by Suffolk County Legal Aid, Robert was convicted and sentenced to 18 years.
A NOTE FROM ROBERT K. MOORE:
My name is Robert Moore. I am 49 years old. I grew up in Suffolk County on Long Island, in Wyandanch, NY, until my parents moved to North Babylon, NY, where I enrolled in Deer Park School System, graduating high school in 1986. My family owned and operated Moore's Taxi Service since 1968. After graduation, I worked in the electrical field. In 2010 I attended Career Institute of Health & Technology where I became certified in Residential Electrics. I started my own light construction business. I have 6 children, 3 step-children and 4 grandchildren, one of which is starting kindergarten in the fall. I am so proud and would love to be there to see them grow, since they are not babies for very long. I love cooking and baking, and I love to travel.
If anyone reading this still believes in justice (not the justice system), and believes that everyone should have an equal opportunity at justice, I am asking for their support. I am seeking to raise funds in order to hire Mr. Robert Boyle as my attorney.
A NOTE FROM WILL DUCHON, FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF THE OPUS 30 MISSION
The Opus 30 Mission was founded in 2004. It's specific goal was to exonerate Mr. Shane Watson, who was wrongfully convicted in 1993 and is currently serving a 25 year to life sentence at Otisville Correctional Facility in New York State. At this point we have finally reached the point of Shane's case being reviewed by the Federal Court, and we are hopefully awaiting word of a new trial or his exoneration.
Mr. Robert K. Moore is in a similarly outrageous situation, having been convicted of a crime for simply defending himself against a violent attack.
We are seeking to retain our attorney Robert Boyle of NYC to handle Mr. Moore's case and seek an appeal and/or a new trial. Mr. Boyle is an experienced attorney who specializes in post-conviction cases, and has represented Shane Watson all through our efforts to seek Mr. Watson's exoneration.
Your support will give Robert Moore a chance to receive what anyone in this country should receive: justice. I cannot express to you how much your support is appreciated, and I thank you. Please visit The Opus 30 Mission's blog or Facebook page for more details.