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Brooklyn Man Receives Life Sentence in Landmark Federal Case for Murder During The Commissioning of A Sex Act

By April 15, 2024No Comments


Today, Somorie Moses, also known under various aliases including “Sugar Bear” and “Daddy,” received a sentence of 10 life terms to be served concurrently, handed down by United States District Judge Carol Bagley Amon in a Brooklyn federal court. This sentence pertains to 10 counts of sex trafficking involving eight women and the murder in January 2017 of one of these women, Leondra Foster. During the sentencing, the court listened to impactful statements from some of the victims. This case marks the inaugural application of a federal law that makes murder in the course of sex trafficking a crime. Moses had admitted guilt to these charges in September 2023.

The announcement was made by Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, along with high-ranking officials from the FBI and NYPD. U.S. Attorney Peace emphasized the severe nature of Moses’s crimes, which spanned nearly two decades, noting that although the prison term won’t undo the damage inflicted on his victims, it ensures Moses cannot harm others. He expressed hope that the sentencing would bring some resolution to the victims and their families.

Brooklyn man Somorie Moses, who chopped up prostitute

Defendant Would Beat and Tortured Women and Girls and Forced Them Into Prostitution

NYPD Commissioner Edward A. Caban echoed the sentiment, underlining the dedicated efforts of law enforcement in bringing Moses to justice and reasserting their commitment to combating sex trafficking. He highlighted the cruel acts committed by Moses, including the murder and dismemberment of Leondra Foster, as particularly atrocious.

The case detailed how Moses deceived women and girls with promises of affection only to exploit them through intimidation and violence, forcing them into prostitution and taking their earnings. He was also reported to have subjected his victims to extreme physical abuse and psychological terror to maintain control.

Leondra Foster’s murder was particularly heinous. She was beaten to death by Moses, who inflicted multiple blunt force injuries, including a fatal blow to the head. After killing her, Moses dismembered her body in their Brooklyn apartment, going to disturbing lengths to hide his crime.

This prosecution was managed by the Office’s Civil Rights Section, with Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan Siegel and Tanya Hajjar leading the efforts, supported by Paralegal Specialist Anna November.

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