A man kept calling his ex-girlfriend wanting his college diploma back. When he saw her, he opened fire, shooting her more than 20 times.
Now, he will spend nearly a half-century behind bars.
This month, a judge in Virginia sentenced Ian Moreno to 48 years in prison for the murder of Estella Sophia Hoggard, according to WRIC. He previously pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Prosecutors said that in May 2019, Hoggard told her then-boyfriend that her ex, Moreno, kept calling and texting demanding back his Kaplan University diploma, according to WRIC. Kaplan University is an online, for-profit college.
Moreno then drove to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to meet with Hoggard. Around 10:30 p.m., Hoggard left her apartment with the diploma but never returned, according to WTKR.
Around midnight, a police officer found a car with headlights on in an empty parking lot of an office building.
Hoggard was still in the driver’s seat with the car running, according to WTKR. She was covered in blood and had been shot more than 20 times. Her window was shot out and there were bullet holes on the interiors of both doors.
Witnesses said they heard more than 15 shots around 11 p.m., according to WTKR.
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Video surveillance showed Moreno arriving around 10:40 p.m. and Hoggard arriving about 20 minutes later, WTKR reported. Moreno got out of his vehicle and went to Hoggard’s vehicle for two minutes before leaving the area.
Moreno was arrested the next day and police said his cell phone had searches for pornography, reports of bodies found in Virginia Beach and inquiries into how to remove gunshot residue, WTKR noted.
In a call from jail, Moreno told another person that he was mad because Hoggard had not given him his stuff and he “was just doing what I had to do,” according to WTKR.
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