MADERA — Robert Moye, the North Fork man charged with the murder of Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee in July of 2019, will be sentenced on Aug. 20, 2020.
Moye entered a plea of no contest on July 27, 2020, to voluntary manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter is defined by Penal Code section 192, (a) as when a person unlawfully kills another human being [without malice], either with an intent to kill or with conscious disregard for human life. Moye also entered a plea of no contest to special allegations of using a firearm during the commission of a felony. See Penal Code 12022.5.
According to District Attorney Sally Moreno, the manslaughter charge is expected to bring a six-year sentence while the special allegations charge will likely add an additional three years. The judge in the case will review all recommendations and hear public comment from the victim’s family as well as Moye on the day of sentencing.
Robert Moye was arrested July 6, 2019, near Lee’s home on Cascadel Drive, Road 233, in North Fork. He has remained in custody on a $3.75 million bond.
Moye has two strikes from prior convictions, and with this third strike being a violent crime, he will now have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being considered for parole.