Gresham murder leads to 33 years in prison
A man was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison for a crime spree that began in Seattle and ended with a killing in Gresham.
The incident dates to Feb. 5, 2016 when a trio drove south out of Seattle engaging in prostitution, robbery and a killing by gunfire in Gresham.
Charles Moi Moi received a 400-month prison sentence Tuesday, June 1, after being convicted of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm, first-degree robbery and compelling prostitution.
According to court documents, Moi Moi and two other men shot and killed Ravell Deshawn Sterling in a Gresham parking lot.
The investigation began in the afternoon of Feb. 5, 2016, when Moi Moi, Clayton Harrell and Rony Celis robbed a person of two gold chains in East Multnomah County. About an hour later, the trio robbed Sterling in the parking lot of Cinco de Mayo Market, 17440 S.E. Stark St.
During that robbery, Moi Moi and Harrell shot Sterling multiple times. The three fled in Celis' car, but were ultimately apprehended after a high-speed chase in Cowlitz County, Washington.
Harrell pleaded guilty on May 6, to first-degree manslaughter with a firearm and first-degree attempted robbery. His sentencing is scheduled for June 17. Celis pleaded guilty on July 27, 2019, to first-degree manslaughter. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 31.
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