Corey Moss sentenced to 30 years in pregnant military wife stabbing

By: Bill Melugin

EL PASO, Texas - Jurors have decided the fate of the Fort Bliss soldier who repeatedly stabbed a military wife last fall.

Corey Bernard Moss was sentenced to 30 years in prison with a parole possibility after 15 years. He was fined $10,000 and Fort Bliss officials say he may be dishonorably discharged from the military.

Because Moss faced up to 99 years in prison, Rachel and Justin Poole told KFOX14 they felt the sentence was too light.

"I am glad that it's over, but I wish I could say that I feel justice was served," Rachel Poole said. "I haven't fully processed everything yet, but it's nothing I can change either."

Justin said he was having a hard time processing the verdict as well.

"Thirty years was not enough with a chance to get out in 15 years," he said. "Knowing Corey Moss, bringing him into our family and for him to know that my wife was pregnant, I doubt anyone else would agree with the jury that 30 years is the right amount of time."

Moss's defense attorney, Rafael Morales, seemed fairly surprised by the verdict.

"With a 5-to-99 year case, injuries of this kind of severity, you're always worried about the possibility of life, so 30 years is a generous verdict," he said. "We were fearful of more, we were hoping for something in this range."

Moss and his mother broke into tears as the verdict was read.

In victim impact statements delivered after the verdict, the Pooles looked Moss in the eye and told him they forgive him.

KFOX14 asked the Pooles if they truly meant that.

"I do forgive him, yes I do," Rachel said.

"Yes, we forgive Corey, end of story, but we won't forget it," Justin said.

As KFOX14 previously reported, Moss pleaded guilty Monday to a first-degree felony charge of burglary of habitation.

He admitted to breaking into the home and stabbing Rachel Poole several times while she was nine months pregnant because he didn't want to pay back money he owed her.

The defense called its final witness to the stand Wednesday morning. It was a forensic psychologist who gave Moss several evaluations.

He testified that based on those screenings, Moss is considered at high risk for committing another violent crime.

But he also said that risk would slowly lower as Moss became older and matured.

During closing arguments, the defense asked the jury for leniency.

They said that Moss could be rehabilitated over time with counseling and anger management because he didn't have any previous violent history.

The prosecution asked the jury to give Moss a life sentence, and prosecutors showed the jury the weapon Moss used in the attack, saying he nearly killed Poole and her unborn child.

Prosecutor William Prasher said Moss shouldn't be allowed back into society. He told the jury, "The defense says there's two victims in this case? There's three. One stab lower than the chest and Rachel's sweet little girl isn't alive. He didn't want to pay Rachel $3,000. That's the defense's excuse for attempting double murder? Are you kidding me?"

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