Ex-wife urges maximum sentence for man who faked his own kidnapping
EAGLE – Michael Moore has to wait until Thursday to learn how long he’ll be in prison. His ex-wife hopes he gets three years.”My life was shattered,” said Moore’s ex-wife, who was allegedly bound with duct tape in the couple’s East Vail home during an incident in May of last year. Moore is accused of staging his own kidnapping and stealing more than $400 from his ex-wife’s bank account before going on what police and prosecutors call a three-day party spree.Moore was originally charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, theft, false reporting and false imprisonment. Rather than face a trial on those charges, some of which come with jail terms of more than a decade, Moore in January pleaded guilty to a charge of felony menacing, which carries a possible penalty of one to three years in prison. At the time, Moore claimed his innocence on that charge as well. Moore was supposed to be sentenced on Monday, but District Judge Richard Hart delayed sentencing until Thursday so Moore and his attorney could more fully review a report filed by the Eagle County Probation Department.With his pregnant girlfriend in tow, Moore, who had traveled to Eagle from Illinois, agreed to go to jail on Monday rather than travel to his home state and back again.But David Lugert, the attorney for Moore’s ex-wife – who has asked to remain anonymous because she said she remains afraid of Moore’s friends and still works in Vail – asked that she be allowed to give a statement Monday. Hart granted that request.”I was betrayed, and by the person I loved,” she said through sobs. “I suffer from anxiety attacks. I have nightmares. I still feel afraid.”She then urged Hart to give Moore the full three years possible on the felony menacing charge.Moore remained silent while his ex-wife spoke, but his attorney, Jim Fahrenholtz, said he would speak at his Thursday sentencing hearing.On a Thursday in May of last year, Moore and his ex-wife were at home when two men, one of them armed, allegedly broke into the couple’s home. The men told Moore to bind his wife with duct tape, which he allegedly did. With his wife bound and alone in the bedroom, the men and Moore disappeared, police said. She was able to free herself and call police.While police searched for Moore as a kidnapping victim, he was apparently at a party the next night, police said. He was arrested the next day at the home where the party was held.A break in the case came the morning Moore was arrested, because his mother called Vail police after hearing a report her son had been kidnapped, police said. She told police Moore had called her the night after the alleged kidnapping and hadn’t mentioned the incident, only that he had had a fight with his wife, who he called his girlfriend, police said. Moore’s wife filed for divorce immediately after his arrest. That divorce is now final.Moore was one of two men arrested in the incident. The other man, Michael George Malovic, was arrested last May and charged with false imprisonment, menacing with a deadly weapon, aggravated robbery and assault, police. In asking Hart to sentence Moore to the maximum time in jail, his ex-wife said, “That’s a small price to pay for intentionally destroying my life.” Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14624, or email@example.com.
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