Cassopolis man sentenced for resisting a police officer

Published 11:09 pm Friday, October 29, 2010

CASSOPOLIS — Marcus Moore, a 31-year-old Cassopolis resident, received a one-year jail term in Cass County District Court Friday.

He pleaded guilty to domestic violence and resisting and obstructing a police officer in September.

The incident took place in June at Moore’s residence when Moore became angry with his wife, Lisa, and wouldn’t let her into the home. According to Dodge, he obstructed the door with a couch.

When Lisa was able to open a crack in the door, she attempted to squeeze inside the home. Moore slammed the door, pinning her between the door and the door jam.

Fitz said Moore’s wife was pregnant at the time and had he killed the child, the sentence would have been much more severe.

“There’s a phrase that I use,” Fitz said. “‘When I was a child I behaved like a child. When I became a man, I behave like a man.’ The defendant hasn’t reached the second prong of that phrase.”

Defense attorney Carol Montavon Bealor said Moore was cooperative with police until he got a bloody lip, presumably from the way officers treated him.

For his part, Moore said he never struck his wife and was cooperative with police.

The prosecution and the probation department recommended a prison sentence for Moore, who has three felonies and eight misdemeanors on his record.