Judge upholds sentence for man convicted of killing girlfriend in 2014
An appeals judge upheld the sentence for a man convicted of killing his girlfriend in 2014.
Joshua Almeda is serving a 75 year sentence for shooting and killing Breanna Moore in the basement of his parents' Hillside home.
Almeda pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2015 for Moore’s death, although he maintained his claim that the shooting was an accident throughout the court process.
He appealed his sentence, citing it as excessive, but last week a judge upheld it.
In the findings the Court of Appeals stated:
"We have independently reviewed the sentencing record in this case. Given the superior court's findings about Almeda's underlying conduct and his personal and criminal history, we conclude that the sentence imposed here is not clearly mistaken."
Almeda will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years, when he is 49. However, the judge ordered Almeda to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before he is released from prison because of his borderline personality disorder and severe substance abuse problem, as discussed in expert testimony from psychologist Dr. Mark Zelig during Almeda's sentencing hearing.
Almeda was on felony probation at the time of the shooting and he was required to attend treatment for alcohol abuse and anger management. Almeda graduated from anger management just a few hours before he killed Moore and was heavily intoxicated at the time.
Moore's parents, Butch and Cindy, helped establish a statewide middle and high school curriculum called the "Bree Moore Teen Dating Violence and Awareness and Prevention Program" in their daughter's honor.
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