News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 4, 2012

Sentencing moved to January in fatal carjacking case

Staff Writer
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Sentencing has been rescheduled for a runaway teen from Gibault Children’s Services.

Andre Moton, 18, of Gary, will now appear in Vigo Superior Court 6 on Jan. 11 to face sentencing for an October 2011 carjacking and police chase that resulted in the death of another runaway.

Moton had been scheduled for sentencing Monday, but a new date was requested by his defense attorney. In September,  Moton pleaded guilty to robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, a class-A felony, and attempted carjacking, a class-B felony in a plea agreement capping the sentence at 35 years.

Fellow runaway Jordan Sneed recently received a 30-year prison sentence for his participation in brutal attacks that left one man crippled for life and a fellow runaway dead in an auto crash.

On the night of Oct. 24, 2011, Moton and two other juveniles — Sneed and Therlow Pope IV — left Gibault Children’s Services, located on U.S. 41 south of Terre Haute, and embarked on a crime spree that ran from Walmart South to White Castle and ended with the crash of a stolen pickup truck on Third Street (U.S. 41) near College Avenue around 11:14 p.m.

Police allege that Moton was the driver of the truck, while Sneed and Pope were passengers. Because of his injuries, Pope was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he later died. Sneed was also hospitalized due to his injuries. Moton was apprehended a short time after running from the crash scene.