Bangor nightclub murderer sentenced to 32 years for murder

A Bangor man was sentenced to 32 years in prison on Wednesday for the stabbing death of Demetrius Snow, 25, on February 1, 2020, in the parking lot of Half Acre nightclub on Harlow Street.

In May, a jury found Rayshaun Moore, 36, guilty of murder.

Moore denied killing the Bangor man, whom he knew. He claimed that another man who was in the parking lot that night took a knife from Moore and stabbed Snow.

Superior Court Judge William Anderson said that in deciding what sentence to impose, he considered Snow and others assaulted Moore earlier that evening in the same parking lot.

“I think what happened before is a very important factor in this conviction,” the judge said in imposing Moore’s sentence at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

The prosecution recommended a 48-year sentence while the defense urged the judge to impose a 25-year sentence.

Snow was stabbed seven times but died of a heart injury, Maine deputy chief medical examiner Dr Lisa Funte said during Moore’s spring trial.

Snow was taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center where he was pronounced dead after 1 a.m. on February 1, 2020.

Moore offered his condolences to the Snow family on Wednesday and apologized for his role in the victim’s death.

Snow was one of 12 children and had moved to Maine in 2015 or 2016 from Rochester, New York.

Her mother and three of her sisters urged the judge to hand down a long sentence. Two of the sisters told Moore that they forgave him. The other said his brother would have turned 27 on Tuesday.

The victim’s mother, Sherri Snow, had just lost a daughter in a car crash six weeks before her son was murdered, she told Anderson.

“The last time I spoke to Demetrius was on my birthday, January 30, and he was killed on February 1,” she told the judge. “I want you to know, Rayshaun, that you took a brother, an uncle, a son, a nephew from our family.

“Your honor, I ask the maximum,” she continued. “It won’t bring my son back, but it will end me and my family.”

Moore moved to Maine in 2017 for a relationship, said his lawyer, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor. The defendant worked in restaurants in Grand Bangor.

The lawyer released a video of Moore’s 15-year-old son asking for leniency from the judge.

“I really need my dad in my life,” said judge George Anthony Moore of Brockton, Massachusetts. “She is a very, very good person. He needs rehabilitation as a punishment.

Nightclub security cameras filmed the fight between Moore and Snow and the aftermath of the stabbing, but did not show who wielded the knife. The stabbing took place on a snow bank out of reach of the camera. Snow was able to get up and stagger before collapsing.

The prosecution argued that Moore’s murder of Snow was an act of revenge because earlier that evening Snow assaulted Moore in the Half Acre parking lot.

The defense claimed that Kevin Brogdon Sr., 29, of Bangor took Moore’s knife from him and stabbed Snow. Brogdon spoke during the trial and denied this. He had never seen or touched the murder weapon, he said.

Before the trial began, Moore rejected an offer that he would plead guilty to murder in exchange for a 38-year sentence, lawyers said.

Anderson allowed jurors to consider manslaughter as an alternative conviction to murder, but they rejected that option.

Moore risked between 25 years and life imprisonment. Had the jury found him guilty of manslaughter, Moore would have faced up to 30 years in prison.

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