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Monday, March 11, 2019

Joshua Moore sentencing
A Cocke County man on Friday was sentenced to charges that were lodged after he tried to kill two female friends in September 2016. Joshua Moore, 40, Old Knoxville Highway, Newport, was sentenced by Judge James Gass in Cocke County Circuit Court. The defendant was given an ten year sentence, will serve an additional 365 days in jail and the balance will be on probation after he pleaded guilty to Attempted Second Degree Murder, Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault. Newport officers responded to a home on Old Knoxville Highway to find 32 year-old Amanda Lee Hill standing on the front lawn of her home with serious burns. "She stated that her boyfriend, Joshua Moore poured rubbing alcohol over her body and set her on fire with a lighter," reported Patrol Officer William Garber. The woman sustained burns to her arm, stomach and right thigh. She was taken by First Call EMS to the Newport Medical Center and later transferred to a burn center. Moore was arrested on charges of attempted First Degree Murder, two counts Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Domestic Assault, aggravated assault and interference with an emergency call. Newport detectives said prior to the fire, the defendant had pulled a knife on Ms. Hill and held it to her throat. He then forced the victim and another female, Shaunna Peak, to sit on a couch. He then locked the door to the home, refused to allow the women to leave and continued to threaten to kill Ms. Hill. The defendant allegedly had earlier attacked Ms. Hill, dragged her into a bedroom and then beat her for approximately twenty minutes. She sustained bruising to her head, stomach and neck. When Ms. Hill attempted to flee the home, Moore threw an open blade knife at both she and Ms. Peak. Moore also took a cell phone from Ms. Peak preventing a call to 911. At the time of the incident, Moore was also wanted on a Cocke County Circuit Court warrant charging him with violation of probation. He was jailed with a bond set at $500,000. Ms. Hill died later that month while an inmate in the Ccoke County Jail, after she was released from the hospital. Sheriff Armando Fontes said a corrections officer was assisting Hill to check her blood sugar level when she collapsed and lost consciousness. "The corrections officer immediately called for assistance, 911 was called and corrections officers performed CPR on Hill who was unresponsive with no pulse," the sheriff said. Investigators said the death likely was the result of a medical issue however an autopsy was ordered. Hill was being held on a probation violation and had been in jail for only 48 hours. Sheriff Fontes said Hill had an extensive history of abusing controlled substances and was being treated for burns she had sustained in the earlier incident. The Hill family later filed a federal lawsuit against Cocke County in the death. Moore had earlier attempted to enter a guilty plea to the charges but the agreement was rejected as too lenient by Judge Gass. Friday's plea was to a re-negotiated sentence.


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