Man pleads guilty to double homicide at Chamberlayne apartments

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RICHMOND, Va. — On Tuesday, Dennis Moore pled guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

Back in February 2016, officers responded to the Buttonwood Apartments in the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue, around 3 a.m.  for reports of a man down. Police arrived and found 40-year-old Cory J. Holmes lying in an interior hallway at the complex with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators continued to search the complex and found 39-year-old Marquetta Y. Harris inside one of the units suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Paramedics took her to VCU Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.

At the time of the homicide, Police Chief Alfred Durham told CBS 6 officers also found a preschool-aged girl inside the apartment with the wounded woman.

“I spoke with her, but she’s not saying anything, she looks to be about two to three years old,” Durham said.

Moore was sentenced to 50 years for each count, with 17 suspended on each count for a total of 66 years.

The charges of use of a firearm, statutory burglary and possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon were dropped.