Woman gets 40 years in strangling death of Dillon man

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Sandy Rose Moore, center, reacts as District Judge Luke Berger sentences her to 40 years in prison for the killing of Larry Coon, 49, of Dillon. She is flanked by attorneys Morgan Smith and Walter Hennessey.

Mike Smith, The Montana Standard MIKE SMITH

DILLON — A judge sentenced 21-year-old Sandy Rose Moore to 40 years in prison Tuesday for strangling an older boyfriend to death in a rental home they shared here.

District Judge Luke Berger agreed with prosecutors that Moore deserved the maximum sentence for mitigated deliberate homicide in the January 2020 death of 49-year-old Larry Coon. Berger said he had no doubt that Moore had gone through tough times in life and needed extensive mental-health treatment.

But, he said, “You can’t snap and kill someone. I know that sounds basic but I want to explain this to you basically.”

Moore pleaded guilty to the charge in June, saying she got into a heated argument with Coon before strangling him. She said knew what she was doing but was in “extreme emotional

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