Friday, September 30 2022

PROVIDENCE – Twenty-year-old Shaylyn Moran, half of what police said was a murderous duo who killed her ex-boyfriend’s mother and then bragged about it on social media, pleaded guilty on Thursday and was immediately sentenced to life imprisonment.

Moran, from Pawtucket, was 18 when police said she plotted with a new beau to get revenge on a former boyfriend after the two had a violent fall-out during their brief relationship.

Superior Court Judge Kristin E. Rodgers sentenced Moran to life in prison for the murder of Cheryl Smith with two consecutive additional 10-year sentences for carrying a pistol without a license and conspiring to commit murder.

Smith, 54, died on the night of January 1, 2020, when she opened the door to her Baxter Street home in Pawtucket. The welcoming, police said, was Moran’s new fiancé, Jack Doherty, who shot him several times.

Minutes after the murder, according to police, Doherty, now 25, got into a Lyft and sent a Snapchat message to Moran: “Now it’s for life.”

Moran, staying nearby at the Hampton Inn, responded with a heart emoji and words of affection, “I am yours forever and you are mine.”

Doherty, of New York, is still being held without bail pending trial on murder and other charges.

If the case went to trial, prosecutors were prepared to show the couple conspired “to shoot and kill anyone who opened the door to the house where Moran’s ex-boyfriend lived,” the prosecutor’s office said. general in a press release.

At a February 2020 bail hearing for Moran before Rodgers, investigators presented a minute-by-minute timeline of some of that night’s moments, derived from the couple’s phones and social media tapes.

Moran’s ex-boyfriend Leonard Troufield III also testified at the hearing that he met Moran on the internet in the fall of 2019. On the first day of their in-person meeting, in October, she spent the night with him at his mother’s house on Baxter Street. .

On the fourth day of their relationship, an argument broke out. Moran barged out of the house and by the end of the day had filed police charges against Troufield, alleging assault.

Despite the allegation and a no-contact order against Troufield, the couple “continued this toxic relationship,” Justice Rodgers said.

Soon Moran began texting Troufield, police said.

“I’m going to kill you,” said at least one text.

Troufield testified to threats made against her brother, her dog, her mother and the daycare where she worked.

Police said evidence recovered from phone and social media records showed Moran may have recruited Doherty to harm Troufield.

Among the evidence they presented during the bail hearing was a December 28, 2019 Facebook post, which Moran sent to Doherty: “When I leave for Maine,” where her mother lives, “I have need you to contact Leonard so I can spot, then change state.

Doherty replied, “lol, let me know.”

The next day, Doherty revisited Moran’s plans to move to Maine in another Facebook post.

Justice Rodgers summed up the meaning of the judiciary’s message: Doherty asked if “it’s because she has an ox, subsequently proposing to stop and kill this person today. He also says that the accused just needs to let Mr. Doherty know what is right, that he loves her and that he would do anything for her.

At 9:23 p.m. on December 29, 2019, Doherty sent another message to Moran saying he was coming to Rhode Island.

In another message sent the following evening “Mr. Doherty informs the accused he is stopping with a cannon” – an apparent reference to a firearm.

He also arrived with an engagement ring.

Just before 10 p.m. on the night of January 1, 2020 – about two hours after Cheryl Smith was murdered – police said Doherty posted a photo of him and Moran on Facebook in bed in their hotel room.

Moran shows off her engagement ring in front of her face, which sports a tattoo of the reticle of a rifle scope.

With the photo there are the words: “we fighters and shooters.”

Minutes after this post, a Pawtucket detective, still at the scene of the shooting at 100 Baxter Street, saw Doherty’s photo and its caption.

At 10:30 p.m., officers were outside the room at the Hampton Inn where Doherty and Moran were staying. Police say they found a loaded pistol and holstered in Doherty’s backpack with an additional magazine of bullets.

Email Tom Mooney at: [email protected] or call (401) 277-7359


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