Three Mason residents each face up to 19 years in prison on charges they lured a woman to their trailer and forcibly held her down while trying to cut off her fingers with pruning loppers.
A Warren County grand jury Friday indicted Gerald Moore Jr., 49, Shena Moore, 24, and John Gulley, 31, on felony charges of kidnapping and felonious assault.
Police say Shena Moore, a student, and the 27-year-old victim were friends until Moore’s boyfrend, Gulley, began sending the victim flirtatious text messages.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Moore invited her friend to her home in the 700 block of Reading Road May 5 to discuss the rift.
Shortly after she arrived, a 450-pound Gerald Moore allegedly struck the victim, who Fornshell describes as being of “slight stature,” with his cane while his daughter began punching her.
The trio then allegedly pinned the victim on the ground and attempted to cut off her fingers with garden loppers, a type of long-handled pruning shears. The victim works as an artist and investigators believe the three suspects intended to sabotage her career, said Fornshell.
The victim kicked Gerald Moore and was able to escape while Shena Moore attended to her father, said Fornshell. During the struggle, Gulley allegedly hit her in the forehead with the loppers, for which she required staples and suffered a concussion, he said.
Fornshell said the Moores then called 911 with the intention of telling police the victim attacked and tried to rob them. Gulley fled the scene and was apprehended nearby soon after.
“We believe it was obviously a complete ruse,” said Fornshell, of the 911 call.
Fornshell said his office plans to “aggressively” prosecute the case.
“To be held down while people try to cut off one of your limbs is pretty horrific,” he said. “The injuries this victim suffered, as well as what could have happened had she not been able to break free, I can’t imagine.”
Gulley pleaded guilty in March 2012 to assault and received a sentence of eight months in prison.
Shena Moore and Gulley are each being held at the Warren County Jail on $50,000 bonds. Gerald Moore was released from custody May 17 on his own recognizance due to a medical condition.