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Pair sentenced in murder of college student with ties to PG
By Staff Reports
Jul 29, 2014, 15:20

PRINCE GEORGE — The second of two men was sentenced Friday for his role in the shooting death of a college student with ties to Disputanta.

A New Jersey judge sentenced Marcus Bascus, 23, of East Orange, N.J., to 15 years in prison after he admitted to providing the handgun used in the killing of 19-year-old Jessica Ann Moore, according to the Star Ledger-newspaper of Newark, N.J. Bascus pleaded guilty June 5 to conspiracy to commit murder and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Bascus must serve 13 years before becoming eligible for parole and he has served nearly  four years of that time already, according to the Star-Ledger.

The shooter, Nicholas Welch, 29, East Orange, N.J., was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murder by a jury March 31 after an 18-day trial.

Welch was also sentenced to 20 more years for the attempted murder of four other students who were shot in the attack.

“This defendant opened fire on unarmed, defenseless college students. There is no place in society for this type of behavior. We are satisfied that this sentence will keep this defendant off the streets for the rest of his life,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Jamel Semper, who tried the case with Assistant Prosecutor Romesh Sukhdeo.

Moore, a student at Seton Hall University, was shot Sept. 25, 2010, at a party in East Orange, N.J., near the campus.

After being turned away from a party on South Clinton Street, Welch came back, kicked in the door and opened fire on the crowd of about 50 people, shooting Moore and four other students attending the party, prosecutors said.

“This was truly a tragic case of random, senseless violence aimed at students who had simply gathered to have a good time,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Romesh C. Sukhdeo.

Welch had 28 arrests, including 10 as a juvenile, and one prior felony conviction as an adult.

According to the college newspaper, the Setonian, Moore was shot in the head and later died from her injuries. According to the paper, Moore jumped in front of a classmate to shield her from gunfire.

Welch was arrested at approximately 9:05 p.m. Sept. 27, 2010, at his South Clinton Street home which was on the same block as the crime scene.

Welch said that he ran the block and could not be kept out of any party, prosecutors said.

Newspaper reports indicated she was initially from Clarksville, Tenn., and she graduated from Upper Merion High School in King of Prussia, Pa.

Jessica Moore’s parents are James Moore, a retired Army sergeant from Kentucky, and his ex-wife, Phyllis Moore-Tolliver, a college professor who lives in Disputanta.

Moore-Tolliver has established the Jessica Ann Moore Foundation to help youths get their GEDs and get into college. The foundation provides annual scholarships.

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