Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For orchestrating a nearly year-long murder conspiracy to avenge the killing of his cousin, Robert Moore received a sentence today of six life terms plus 100 years in prison, all to be served consecutively. His two co-conspirators in the campaign of violence, Anthony Roach and Quincy Chisholm, were sentenced to two life terms and life with all but 40 years suspended, respectively.

“Moore and his associates waged an exceptionally bloody war on our streets, killing one, making four murder attempts, and terrorizing an entire neighborhood in the process. From the start, my focus as State’s Attorney has been to investigate, prosecute, and incarcerate repeat, violent offenders such as Moore and his crew who are responsible for much of the violence in our streets. We have done this through the work of our Major Investigations Unit by employing strategic, sophisticated investigative and prosecutorial tactics. I am deeply gratified by the convictions and the lengthy prison sentences we secured,” State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said.

After his relative, Darian Kess, was stabbed to death during a home invasion and robbery by three masked men on April 27, 2011, Robert Moore launched a violent, year-long campaign to avenge the murder, enlisting, among others, co-defendants Quincy Chisholm and Anthony Roach. The day after Kess was murdered, Moore, his wife, Sarah Hooker, and his wife’s brother, Donnie Adams, hunted down the man they considered responsible for Kess’s murder, Alex Venable, and shot him to death. Two other victims, Thomas McNeil and Derrick Vaughn, suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds in the attack.

Six weeks later, on June 7, 2011, Moore shot a relative of Alex Venable’s, Tavin Baker. Alex Venable’s younger brother, Allen Venable, was next. Moore’s brother, Anthony Roach, shot him on September 16, 2011.

Three days later, two other Moore associates, including Quincy Chisholm, shot Edwin Willis, who had been walking next to Allen Venable when Venable was shot.

Then, on January 7, 2012, Emmanuel Deminds shot Derrick Vaughn, who already had been shot once during the April 2011 attack on Alex Venable.

All of the shootings took place in the 2000 block of East LaFayette Avenue and the 1900 block of North Collington Avenue, a small area where the intended targets — Alex Venable, his family, and their associates — could be located.

In addition to Moore, Roach and Chisholm, five others were indicted as part of the conspiracy. Those defendants have pled guilty to the conspiracy or other charges, and all but three have been sentenced.

The Major Investigations Unit was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of this case. 

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