Daniel Wade Moore will do prison time for burglary of Wally World in Decatur.
Morgan County Circuit Judge Steve Haddock gave Moore an eight-year split sentence today, requiring him to serve two years and be on probation for five years.
Before Haddock sentenced Moore, District Attorney Scott Anderson urged the judge to give him a minimum sentence of 10 years. Anderson asked the court to sentence Moore as a habitual offender on a 1999 theft conviction.
Moore, who was tried three times for capital murder in the March 12, 1999, stabbing death of Karen Tipton, told the judge his recent troubles stemmed from “all he’d been through.”
The first jury that heard Moore’s capital murder case in 2002 convicted him of capital murder. A local judge granted an appeal giving Moore a new appeal.
The second trial ended in a mistrial in 2008 and a jury acquitted him of the charges in 2009.
Moore was back on the radar of law enforcement after about 18 months of freedom, first in Lawrence County where state troopers charged him with DUI.
Last June he was captured on video surveillance after breaking into Wally World convenience store and taking cigarettes. Two months ago he pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in connection with the break-in of the store.
During sentencing Haddock told Moore that he obviously has a drug problem and, after his release from prison, the judge ordered him to go to a drug treatment center.
Dr. David Tipton, husband of murder victim Karen Tipton, sat quietly in the courtroom during the hearing. He told The Daily he has a flight scheduled to return home today. Tipton gave no other comments.
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