A Brooklyn pimp who admitted to chopping up his prostitute girlfriend and placing her severed head in his freezer was charged by the feds on Tuesday for the girl’s 2017 homicide and in addition years of sex trafficking.
Somorie Moses, also referred to as “Sugar Bear,” was acquitted of Leondra Foster’s homicide in Brooklyn prison courtroom in November 2019, however will now face a recent homicide cost by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District.
He’s additionally going through federal fees associated to the sex trafficking of eight girls, together with minors, since 2003, in response to authorities.
During his 2019 trial, Moses was discovered not responsible of murdering Foster to the shock of onlookers, although he was convicted of negligent murder and concealing a corpse.
Moses’ lawyer Julie Clark argued throughout that trial he couldn’t have killed her as a result of he’s a businessman who didn’t wish to damage his backside line, although the protection conceded he minimize up her useless physique.
In announcing their charges Tuesday, federal authorities alleged Moses murdered Foster by beating her to dying after which utilizing a knife and noticed to dismember her. Moses then introduced her torso and limbs to a Bronx sanitation web site, however her head, palms and ft, together with a foot with the title “Somorie” tattooed on it, have been discovered by legislation enforcement inside a deep freezer in Moses’s condo.
“Words do not adequately convey the depravity of the long list of actions Moses allegedly took to torment and terrorize women so he could traffic them for money,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael Driscoll mentioned in a press release.
“He’s accused of storing a woman’s head in his freezer after he killed her. Imagine how hard it is for his victims to come forward – but they have and should be commended for their bravery. They will help us bring Moses to justice for his alleged crimes, and will keep him from harming another human being.”
Moses, 45, would promise his victims the prospect of marriage to provoke sexual relationships with them earlier than demanding they work as prostitutes, in response to the US Attorney’s Office.
He brutally beat, raped, tortured and threatened his victims to work as prostitutes for him in Brooklyn and Queens, the feds mentioned.
“Sex trafficking is a modern form of slavery that uses violence and fear to force vulnerable individuals to work for someone else’s profit, in this case resulting in the alleged brutal murder of one of the victims,” US Attorney Breon Peace mentioned in a press release.
“This Office will continue to prioritize investigation and prosecution of these heinous crimes. I thank the victims for their bravery in coming forward to report the defendant’s crimes and hope that this prosecution will help bring them and Ms. Foster’s family closure.”
His office acknowledged this case is the primary prosecution beneath federal statute that criminalized homicide in the midst of sex trafficking.
When one sufferer refused to prostitute herself, Moses used a taser on her till she complied, authorities mentioned. Another time, he slashed a sufferer’s again and arms with a razor and beat her with a belt earlier than he poured lemon juice on her wounds, the US Attorney’s office alleged.
And when one other sufferer refused to work, he’s accused of placing a shotgun in her mouth and threatening to kill her and her child.
The FBI labored with the NYPD on the case, with Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell calling Moses’ depravity “truly beyond the pale.”
“The NYPD is committed to protecting the survivors of sex trafficking and holding fully accountable anyone who would seek to profit through the abuse and exploitation of another human being,” Sewell mentioned in a press release. “The level of depravity allegedly shown in this case is truly beyond the pale.”
If discovered responsible, the US Attorney’s Office mentioned Moses may face life in jail and could possibly be eligible for the dying penalty.
The investigation was ongoing and anybody with data on Moses is requested to name 1-800-CALL-FBI.