UNIONTOWN (KDKA) – Emotions ran high at the Fayette County Courthouse after a man convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend received his sentence.
Ramal Chisler was sentenced to 70 to 140 months in state prison for shooting death of 17-year-old Tiffany Moody.
She was killed on Sept. 16, 2010.
Ramal Chisler previously pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of carrying a gun without a license.
Today, he took the stand, apologizing to Moody’s family and asking for their forgiveness.
“I can just feel myself saying that he’s sorry and I know that he’s sorry and he didn’t mean to shoot her, but I just miss my sister so much it drives me crazy that she’s not here,” Sally Moore, Moody’s sister, said.
Tiffany Moody’s family met Ramal Chisler’s grandmother for the first time outside of the courtroom.
They said they will be praying for Ramal to get his life on track while in prison.
“In order for a gun to go off, you got to pull the trigger and that’s what he done,” Leroy Moody, the victim’s father, said.
Chisler has claimed from the beginning that the shooting at Pershing Court was an accident, but Tiffany Moody’s family doesn’t believe that was the case.
“We were hoping that [the judge] would give the max and that is what she did,” Jennifer Garrison, the victim’s sister, said. “As a family, we chose to go with the plea bargain way and this is what it is.”
Tiffany Moody’s family took stand today saying they don’t hate Ramal Chisler – they just hate what he did and they will spend rest of their lives trying to understand why he did it.