An Oakland pimp was sentenced today to 40 years in state prison for murdering a woman who had been working as a prostitute for him but had been trying to leave him, according to prosecutors. Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Laura Passaglia said 26-year-old Andre Moncrease shot Tianna Leui, a 19-year-old San Leandro woman, in the face as she was lying defenseless on a bed at the Starlite Motel at 10000 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland at about 3 a.m. on July 12, 2012.
Multiple witnesses at the motel saw Moncrease and Leui arguing a short time before the shooting and saw him hit her, Passaglia said. Leui “wanted to leave him and go back to a healthy lifestyle and go home to her family,” Passaglia said. “She had somewhere to land and a life to go back to,” the prosecutor said. The case was unsolved for about two months before Moncrease was finally arrested on Sept. 14, 2012.
According to prosecutors, Moncrease has prior convictions in both Alameda and Contra Costa counties for possession for sale of cocaine base. Passaglia said that before he was sentenced today Moncrease denied that he killed Leui, saying that he was a pimp but not a murderer. But she said Alameda County Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman told Moncrease that he was “arrogant” and would have a long time in prison to reflect on what he did. Moncrease’s lawyer, James Giller, couldn’t be reached for comment.
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