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Killer to family: 'Sorry for your loss...but I'm not the man'

Union Leader Correspondent

May 18. 2018 1:04PM
Convicted killer Richard Moore listens to family members of murder victim Jo-Anne Boucher at his sentencing Friday. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

Connie Hughes, family friend of murder victim Jo-Anne Boucher, speaks directly to convicted killer Richard Moore at his sentencing. (Jason Schreiber)

BRENTWOOD — Moments before he was whisked away to spend the rest of his life behind bars, convicted murderer Richard Moore proclaimed his innocence to Jo-Anne Boucher’s grieving family.

“I’m sorry for your loss, I truly am, but I’m not the man,” he said after earlier lashing out at family friend, Connie Hughes, when she addressed Moore directly during a sentencing hearing Friday morning in Rockingham County Superior Court.

A jury took less than an hour to find the 38-year-old Moore guilty of first- and second-degree murder and arson on Thursday.

In videotaped confessions played during his trial, the convicted sex offender with a long criminal record admitted that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the basement of her 23 Caramel Drive home on Sept. 2, 2016, and then stabbed her multiple times with a butcher knife.

He said he returned the next day to cover her body and set it on fire in hopes that the house would burn down and make it appear accidental.

Moore’s public defenders claimed the confessions were forced and fabricated.

Judge N. William Delker sentenced Moore to life in prison without the possibility of parole, saying he had carried out the killing with “premeditation” and “deliberation.”

“I looked at the evidence obviously in this case and it’s no coincidence that before the murder you said that you were going to strangle Jo-Anne and punch her in the face … and that’s exactly what the evidence in this case demonstrated happened to her, nor was it a lucky guess when you told your sister and the police that you stabbed Jo-Anne to death when that is exactly what the forensic evidence showed in this case happened to her,” Delker said.

Several of Boucher’s family members spoke at the sentencing.

Hughes said Boucher's death had left a hole in her heart.

“I hope someday you can open your heart and let God in so that you can know the difference between good and evil. Right now you’ve done nothing but commit evil. You took a wonderful, wonderful person, and you took our lives. It’s time you stop taking lives. It’s time that you start using yours for the better,” she told Moore.

Her words angered Moore, who began shouting about how he didn’t kill Boucher.

The judge scolded Moore, telling him to be quiet or else he would be removed from the courtroom.

Moore was later given a chance to address the court.

“Did I take Jo-Anne’s life? No. Never in my life have I ever been that violent. That comes straight from my heart. You may say I don’t have one, but you’re all wrong, every one of you,” he said, adding that he would appeal his conviction “as many times as it takes.”

Michelle Desmarais, Boucher’s sister, also described him as an “evil” person.

“I cannot come up with any other words to describe you, in my opinion,” she told Moore, adding that she hoped that for her own sake she could one day forgive him.

Denise Russell, also one of Boucher’s sisters, recalled the pain she felt when she heard about her sister’s death and the grief that continues today.

“Richard, when you killed my sister you took a piece of my heart,” she said.

Daniel Boucher, Boucher’s ex-husband and father of their adult son, called Moore a “gutless coward.”

“May the rest of your life be filled with heartache and misery because that’s what this family has endured,” he said.

One of the jurors attended the sentencing and spoke to reporters after, saying he went into the case with an open mind and considered the possibility that the confession could have been fabricated as the defense claimed, but after hearing the testimony said he felt the confession “corroborated” the findings of the forensic anthropologist’s investigation.

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