FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 14, 2013
Contact: Heather F. WilliamsonCommonwealth’s Attorney’s Office20 East Market StreetLeesburg, VA 20176-2809(703) 777-0242
JUDGE UPHOLDS JURY RECOMMENDATION
TWO LIFE SENTENCES, PLUS 75 YEARS IMPOSED
LEESBURG, Virginia – June 13, 2013. Moses Ulysses Harris, 52, appeared before theCircuit Court of Loudoun County, in custody, for sentencing on two counts of rape, twocounts of carnal knowledge, five counts of indecent liberties with a child by custodian, andone count of manufacturing child pornography. Judge Burke F. McCahill upheld a Marchjury recommendation sentencing Harris to two life sentences plus 75 years in the VirginiaDepartment of Corrections. Additionally, McCahill imposed a three year period of postreleasesupervision.
Under Virginia law McCahill could have reduced the jury’s recommendation by providingwritten reasons therefore, but he could not have increased the jury’s recommendation. Thetwo life terms plus 45 years of the 75 year sentence imposed was a mandatory minimumsentence as directed under the Virginia Code, and therefore it could not have been reduced inwhole or in part.
During the course of the three day jury trial in March, 2013, Sr. Assistant Commonwealth’sAttorney Gigi Lawless and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Angela L. Vernail presentedevidence that beginning in the summer of 2007, Harris, a previously convicted sex offenderworked his way into the lives a local family. He eventually moved into their home andpreyed on one of the young children living there and repeated sexual abuse on that childtook place for the next five years.
The prior news release for this case can be viewed at www.loudoun.gov/oca orwww.facebook.com/LoudounOCA.