Dad gets 1 year for Utah toddler’s motorcycle death

Jan 10 2014 - 7:15pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- A 49-year-old father will spend a year in jail for taking his 22-month-old son on a motorcycle ride, crashing and leaving the toddler dead.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( that Shannon Moore of Taylorsville was sentenced Friday.

A 3rd District Court jury found Moore guilty in November of felony child abuse homicide and other charges.

Moore lost control of his motorcycle rounding a corner at about 45 mph. Both were tossed more than 50 feet onto pavement. Neither was wearing a helmet.

Police testified Moore caused the August 2012, accident by breaking so hard he locked the front wheel.

Moore testified he'd taken his toddler and older sons for dozens of rides without trouble.

His wife, who got a divorce, wanted him to spend 15 years in prison, the maximum for child homicide.


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