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Andre Moncrease Gets 40 Years to Life for Murder of Tianna Leui in Oakland

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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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  • Andre is my boyfriend and tianna was my friend.he stuck to the man said what he does “pimp”but murderer is what he isn’t.i know she’s watching down like poor Andre he really didn’t do it.

  • TYE he killed her, Andre was convicted by a jury of twelve people in your city and county and sentenced for killing Tianna with a GUN! Do you have no heart for that young lady who has a name? TIANNA~ So insensitive to say the least!Let me tell you was right, evidence and witnesses who saw Andre do a senseless act of shooting Tianna and killing her and leaving her! justice was served….he had a great lawyer….because of his lawyer Andre got second degree verdict and conviction instead of getting a first degree murder conviction! What is really wrong is that if you feel he his innocent fine, but posting it not cool at all! A life was lost, my friend Tianna , a great friend , a daughter, a sister. Think about if the roles were reversed, Tianna had killed Andre…think…would you want her friends and family posting her innocence while you were mourning your loss? would you want that? Let her soul rest in peace. Senseless murder,nothing will bring Tianna back!

  • they wrongfully accused Andre of murdering that young lady its not right Andre Moncrease is innocent

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