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Guilty plea in Mathews murders

Jonathan Thomas Moore, a Bavon resident arrested in June and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his parents, Adam Thomas Moore and Melissa Dawn Moore, was found guilty by Judge Jeffrey Judge Shaw Wednesday after a plea deal was reached between the defendant and the Commonwealth.

Moore, who had also been charged with two additional felonies for stabbing in the commission of a felony, pleaded guilty to two amended charges after the initial charges were merged. The new charges are first-degree murder, a Class 2 felony, and stab in the commission of a felony, a Class 6 felony.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for March 22, 2023.

Before accepting the plea, Shaw first asked Moore a series of questions to determine that he fully understood the charges, that he had discussed them with his attorneys, that he was making the plea freely and voluntarily, and that he was, in fact, guilty of the charges. Shaw also asked whether Moore understood that he was giving up his ri...

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