There are new developments in the murder investigation into the shooting death of former Powhatan Mayor, Marvin Brown.
Murder Suspect Steven Moore, 38 went before the judge Saturday morning for a plea agreement at the Belmont County Jail.
He plead guilty to Brown’s murder that happened at the former mayor’s Powhatan home in November of 2013. Moore is being convicted on two 1st degree felony charges of Aggravated Murder and Aggravated Burglary.
“A significant sentence. Life without parole plus an additional 17 years with all the charges and subsections,” said Ryan Allar, Chief Detective, Belmont County Sheriff’s Dep.
Both sadness and dissapointment filled the courtroom today as family members from both sides were presents there.
Moore’s parents appeared to both be visibly upset. They didn’t speak on camera but expressed their dissapointment saying, “They didn’t raise him to be this way.”
On the opposite side of the courtroom sat the grieving family members of Marvin Brown eager for justice.
“If you listen to the confession he tells everything step by step. What they did, how they did it, why they did it…he did this according to his confession for financial gain,” said Tom Brown, Marvin Brown’s son.
Because of this plea agreement Moore has lost several rights as a criminal defendant including no cross examination of witnesses. Some may wonder why he signed.
Allar said Moore could see some tangible benefits from this agreement but he was not at liberty to give specifics.
According to Allar, this investigation is far from over as the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department now has leads on three other suspects in the murder investigation of Marvin Brown.
“The people who were part of the conspiracy to kill Marvin Brown know who they are. They know that we’re coming for them and we are coming for them,” said Allar.
Steven Moore’s sentencing is scheduled for Monday April 29th.
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