FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City man will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars after a jury on Wednesday found him guilty of murder.
Ryan J. Moore, 33, was depressed and drinking tequila like it was water, according a friend who was with Moore at his Stellar Way home on the night of Oct. 23, 2012.
The pair of friends were with Bettina Brown and they were watching television and playing video games when Moore picked up a rifle that was leaning against a wall, declared he was going to shoot Brown and then pulled the trigger.
A .25-caliber slug ripped through Brown’s chest and punctured her heart. She was dead within a few minutes. There had been no angry words or expressions of ill will before the shooting.
During the two-week trial, Moore’s lawyer called the shooting an accident and said her client’s blood-alcohol concentration may have been as high as 0.34 percent and that he was experiencing a blackout at the time of the tragedy.
The guilty verdict on a second-degree murder charge was accompanied by felony firearms charges that will likely lead to at least a 40-years-to-life prison sentence.
Judge Wendy G. Getty ordered Moore to return to court Oct. 16 for sentencing. He has been in jail with no bail since his arrest on the night of the murder.
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