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Teen sentenced to 20 years for shooting at RPD officer

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The teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder for shooting at a Rochester Police Officer has been sentenced. 

Ernestiaze Moore, 17, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 5 years of post-supervision release.

In July, Moore pleaded guilty to attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon after shooing at Officer Kelly Phillips, a 16-year veteran of the force.

On Feb. 26, Officer Phillips responded to calls of multiple shots fired in the City of Rochester. Once Officer Phillips spotted Moore, he aimed a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun at her and fired a shot from 10 feet away. Officer Phillips was not struck. 

She addressed the court Wednesday morning, saying she is thankful to be live and that justice has been served.

“I’m glad that my family and I can start to move on and to heal,” Officer Phillips said on Wednesday. “We had all of the support that we’ve had up until now and it’s time to move on with my life and hopefully Mr. Moore’s family can do as well.”

“I am just so grateful that Officer Phillips was not hurt, that this young man was not hurt,” Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said. “Her statement was eloquent and heart felt and I really think not only does it reflect the type of person Officer Phillips is, but most of our officers.” 

Assistant District Attorney Perry Duckles believes the sentencing is fair, but hopes Moore will learn from the unfortunate actions he made that day. 

“His actions deserve a lengthy sentence,” Duckles said. “It could’ve been a lot worse.” 

The Moore family was visibly emotional after the sentencing. 

Chief Ciminelli said Officer Phillips has been on leave since the incident. It is not clear when she will return. 

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