Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT -- It was drugs, alcohol and a lot of poor choices.
That’s how one defense attorney summed the shooting death of Tijuana Davis by the boyfriend of her best friend.
Cammesoa Marie Williams, Davis’ friend, and Richard Moore, Williams’ boyfriend, were sentenced Friday for their roles in the tragic slaying.
Moore, 50, of Winston-Salem, N.C., was given a 17-year state prison term. He could have faced up to 25 years behind bars for his guilty plea to a charge of first-degree manslaughter.
Williams, 43, also of Winston-Salem, was sentenced to six months in the Niagara County jail and five years probation for her plea to a charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. She had been looking at a potential sentence of seven years in state prison.
Williams and Moore had come to the Falls in September for a wedding. She and Davis were both supposed to be part of the wedding party. But then in the words of defense attorney A. Joseph Catalano: “What was meant to be a happy occasion, fell apart.”
Witnesses told police a “stupid argument that just happened and escalated” led to the shooting of Davis. Investigators said the “argument” was fueled by cocaine and booze.
As Williams fought with Davis and two other women, inside an apartment in the 1800 block of North Avenue, Moore said he went and got a gun from his car. He told Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III he˝ was just trying to “break up the fight.”
“I got the gun and I just wanted to scare (the women who were fighting),” Moore said. “I never meant to hurt anyone. I wanted to scare three girls to stop beating on (Williams).”
Moore’s mother and sisters were in the courtroom as he was sentenced.