According to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, today in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD, before the Honorable Debra Dwyer, a jury convicted defendant Andre R. Moore, 24, of Silver Spring. He was found guilty on charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence for the shooting death of 40-year-old Michael Sutton. Moore now faces the potential of life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 22nd, 2024.
On January 18th, 2021, a tragic incident unfolded at a residence on Balmoral Drive in Silver Spring. The house was shared by the defendant and the victim, who engaged in a heated argument. Shockingly, Moore fatally shot Sutton in the back of the neck during the altercation. The entire incident was captured on the home’s surveillance cameras, leaving a clear record of the events that transpired.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Kimberly Cissel and James Dietrich.
State’s Attorney John McCarthy expressed his condolences to the family of Michael Sutton and acknowledged the tragedy of yet another instance of senseless violence involving a privately manufactured firearm, commonly known as a ‘ghost gun’. The defendant had illegally purchased the weapon approximately two weeks prior to committing the murder. McCarthy also extended his gratitude to the Montgomery County Police detectives and Assistant State’s Attorneys Kimberly Cissel and James Dietrich for their efforts in ensuring that justice is served in this case.