Murderer Ashton Moores sentenced to life in prison

Posted Jan. 29, 2009, at 9:26 a.m.

BANGOR — Ashton Moores, who was convicted of raping and murdering Christina Simonin in November, was sentenced to life in prison today in Penobscot County Superior Court.

Videotapes showing a figure pushing a wheelbarrow carrying something that appears to be wrapped in a blue tarp to the area where Simonin’s body was found in Bangor in early March 2007 and evidence tying that wheelbarrow to Moores are what convinced Superior Court Justice William Anderson that Moores was guilty, the judge said at the trial.

Along with the videotapes, evidence that Simonin’s blood was in the wheelbarrow that Moores borrowed from his landlord as well as in the First Street apartment he shared with the victim were key factors in his findings, the judge said.

Moores, 61, who has an extensive criminal history mostly for arsons, is guilty of gross sexual assault, intentional or knowing murder and depraved-indifference murder, the judge said.

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