LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Devonta L. Roberts received a sentence Friday that amounts to 5.45 years in prison for each of the 22 shots he fired into his 3-year-old daughter, Datoria, and into his girlfriend, Victoria Moore, on the night of July 5, 2021.
Tippecanoe Circuit Court Judge Sean Persin ordered Roberts to serve 60 years on each of the two murder counts, then he added that the sentences will be consecutive for a total of 120 years in prison.
With credit for good behavior, Roberts will have to serve 75% of that sentence — 90 years. Roberts is 28 and will never be free again.
Persin noted that Moore's family wanted the death penalty, which is not possible since Roberts was not charged with capital murder.
Roberts pleaded guilty to two counts of murder on May 20, which spared the court, the victims and the jurors from watching the police-worn body camera footage that reportedly shows Datoria Roberts.
Persin said it was the most heartbreaking video he'd ever watched.
"She did not die right away," Persin said during the hearing. "She was alert. She was talking.
"My daddy killed me," Datoria said on the video, Persin said, citing the prosecutors' interpretation of her garbled last word in the sentence.
"Heartbreaking to know she watched it, that she lived through the initial shots," Persin said.
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"Everyone is scrambling to save her. You ran," Persin said to Roberts. "You had the care and control of that child. It was your duty to protect that child."
Instead, Roberts and Moore argued and fought that night.
While Moore held Datoria in her arms, Roberts drew a pistol with an extended magazine and fired 22 shots.
Seventeen shots hit Moore, who died inside their Romney Meadows Apartment. Five bullets struck Datoria. When Roberts fled after the shootings, it left a 5-year-old, nonverbal boy in the house to try to communicate to neighbors the horror inside the apartment on Mount Court, according to information presented during the sentencing hearing.
Before sentencing, Roberts spoke to the court and to Moore's family, some of whom attended the hearing.
"I spend every day wishing I could undo what I've done," Roberts said, reading from a sheet of paper with his statement.
"I loved my daughter. I loved Victoria," he said. "I wish I was a better person.
"The guilt I carry will stay with me for the rest of my life," Roberts said. "I just want to say I am truly, truly sorry to the family of Victoria Moore."
At the end of the 30-minute sentencing hearing, Roberts was led away to begin spending the next 90 years in prison.
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