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UPDATE: Former Leader Sentenced In Durham Polygamist Cult Murders

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The former leader of a polygamist cult in North Carolina has been sentenced to two life terms for the shooting deaths of a 4-year-old boy he believed to be gay and a woman who sought to leave.

Peter Lucas Moses was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty last year to shooting Jadon Higganbothan in the head because he believed the boy was an abomination. Prosecutors say Moses later ordered the death of 28-year-old Antoinetta McKoy when he learned she couldn't have children.

Their bodies were found in 2011 by a plumber working at a Durham home previously shared members of the group called the Black Hebrews. Adherents and their children lived together, with Moses declaring several of the women as his wives.

Four others have also pleaded guilty in the killings.



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Four members of a polygamist cult in North Carolina have been sentenced in the murders of a 4-year-old boy who offended the group's leader and a woman who sought to leave.

Court records show the leader of the black hebrews, Peter Moses said he shot 4-year-old Jadon Higganbothan in the cult's home in southeast Durham in 2010 because he thought the boy was gay. Moses is scheduled to be sentenced next week. The boy's mother, Vania Sisk was sentenced yesterday to at least 30 years in prison for helping hide her son's murder and the death of 28-year-old Antoinetta McKoy.

Prosecutors say Sisk, Lavada Harris, and Larhonda Smith beat McKoy and then shot her because she wanted to leave the group. Smith was sentenced to 23 -29 years in prison. Harris was sentenced to 12 -16 years. Moses' brother, P. Leonard Moses, was sentenced to 5-6 years in prison for covering up McKoy's murder.



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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Four members of a polygamist cult in North Carolina have pleaded guilty in the shooting deaths of a 4-year-old boy who offended the group's leader and a woman who sought to leave.

Vania Rae Sisk and LaRhonda Renee Smith pleaded guilty this week to second-degree murder, kidnapping, and other charges in the slayings of 28-year-old Antoinetta McKoy and 4-year-old Jadon Higganbothan.

Lavada Harris and P. Leonard Moses both pleaded guilty to being accessories after the fact to murder.

Prosecutors said all were followers of Pete Moses, the charismatic leader of a group called the Black Hebrews. Adherents and their children lived together in Durham before relocating to Colorado following the murders.

Pete Moses pleaded guilty in 2012 to shooting Jadon in the head because he believed the boy was gay.


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