Guilty Plea: Shanay Moore’s Killer Sentenced

Jovan A. Torbert – Age 38

Springfield, Illinois – The killer of a 29-year-old nursing student has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Today, Jovan A. Torbert, age 38, pleaded guilty to First Degree Murder for the homicide of Shanay Moore, age 29.

Shanay Moore – Age 29

On July 4, 2019, Springfield Police were called to 9 Bryant Lane after Moore’s family had not heard from her. Police then entered the Bryant Lane residence and discovered Moore with a fatal gunshot wound to her head. Torbert was the primary suspect in the case. The Sangamon County State’s Attorney then charged Torbert with three counts of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. Following these charges, a Sangamon County Judge issued an arrest warrant for Torbert. In addition to that arrest warrant, Torbert was also issued an arrest warrant after he failed to appear in court in another case for failure to register as a sex offender. According to the Illinois State Police Sex Offender Registrar, Torbert was convicted of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault on a handicapped victim in Cook County. At the time, Torbert was 15 and the victim was 19.

Immediately after the homicide, Torbert had gone on the run and was eventually arrested by the US Marshal’s task force after they served an arrest warrant on Torbert at a location in Gary, Indiana.

Pursuant to today’s plea agreement made with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office, Torbert pleaded guilty to First Degree Murder and the remaining two counts of first-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon were dismissed. Torbert was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, to be served at 100 percent, and was given credit for the 1,665 days that he served while awaiting trial.

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