Woman in murder-for-hire plot sentenced to 15 years in prison

Woman in murder-for-hire plot sentenced to 15 years in prison

The ex-girlfriend of a former banker was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with a murder-for-hire scheme against the ex-wife of her then-boyfriend.

Wendy Moore was convicted of four counts in the plot against her then-boyfriend Chris Latham's ex-wife, Nancy Cannon in April 2013.

Those counts included conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, possession firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and solicitation of murder for hire.

"I think we were happy with the verdicts and the sentences," said prosecutor Nathan Williams."It was a difficult case factually, but we appreciate the investigation was well done...I know it was a long [case], but it's not unusual, it was a well put together case. I think the jury got it right. We're happy with the results."

Nancy Cannon who was at the sentencing hearing said she was hoping for the maximum sentence for Moore.

"From what I said in the courtroom, I wish she had gotten the entire 30 years served consecutively and she did not," Cannon said."But, I do respect the judge's opinion. I just wish it had been a little different."

Cannon said she felt that Moore could have been more willing to give more details in the case which she says still has many unanswered questions.

"I did feel like during the statements it sort of rings hollow when they say they are sorry, particularly Ms. Moore, and she is unwilling to give details of what she had done," Cannon said."There's still so many unanswered questions and for her to say,'Gee, I'm sorry I want to take your pain away,' well there are things you can do to help ease that, but unfortunately she's unwilling to follow through with any of that."

Cannon's ex-husband, Chris Latham was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 years in federal prison in the case. Latham was found guilty on February 26 of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, one of three counts he faced.

Cannon said even though the sentencing for both her husband and Moore are over she's hoping that her lingering questions will someday be answered, with one of them being if Moore was the actual mastermind behind the whole plot.

"It does seem unlikely that a woman that I do not know, that I've only spoken with on the phone to contact my husband at his office, and never really interacted with would want to kill me," Cannon said."So that said, it seems like my husband would have been the driving factor. But as the two of them are still tied together and neither is giving up information it's hard to tell."

Following Moore's sentencing, her attorney, David Aylor said there was a number of appealable issues in his client's sentencing.

"I can't get into it specifically right now as we have not filed any of those appeals after sentencing, but I expect there would be an appeal," Aylor said.

In June, Aylor had asked for a lighter sentence because he said Moore was not the mastermind in the plot, but had been acting for and under the direction of two other suspects in the case, Samuel Yanawine and Chris Latham.

"We always were looking to try to get a variance for different reasons. One to do with the circumstances but also [Moore's] background," Aylor said."I think the judge took a lot into consideration. And while of course you want it to try to be low as possible, I felt it was reasonable and we accept the sentence as a whole."

Prosecutors say the plot between Latham and Moore was foiled when co-defendant Aaron Wilkinson, the hired hitman in the scheme, confessed to Charleston police during a traffic stop. Wilkinson was sentenced to four years in March after a guilty plea in January.

Yenawine, the fourth suspect charged in the case, hanged himself in a Georgetown County jail in June of 2013.

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