Tucker Reed pleads guilty to manslaughter
A Southern Oregon author and actress will serve more than six years in prison for the 2016 shooting of her maternal uncle at her grandmother’s home.
Aisling Tucker Moore-Reed, 30, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Shane Patrick Moore, according to a release issued by Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert, who prosecuted the case.
Reed is an Ashland High School and University of Southern California graduate who has written three books under the name Tucker Reed. She also acted in the lead role of an as-yet unreleased Southern Oregon independent horror film titled “From the Dark,” under the stage name “Wyn Reed.”
Reed reportedly said in court that she was very sorry for the pain she caused her family, according to the District Attorney’s office.
After accepting her guilty plea on the manslaughter charge, Judge Tim Barnack sentenced Reed to 6 years, 3 months in prison, the mandatory minimum sentence under Oregon’s Measure 11 law.
As terms of the plea deal, other charges of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree murder were dropped.
At 3:40 p.m. July 26, 2016, Reed shot Shane Moore once in the chest during an altercation at her grandmother’s home at 7201 Thompson Creek Road, according to the release and earlier news reports. The day of the shooting, Shane Moore and Reed’s mother, Kelly Moore, had been locked in a bitter property dispute surrounding the Ruch-area property belonging to Lore Moore, Reed’s grandmother.
Shane Moore had arranged for a notary for Lore Moore to sign documents deeding part of the property in his name.
In March, Reed’s lawyers filed notice that they intended to argue that Reed was acting in self-defense and the defense of others in the shooting, according to an earlier news report.
Her family has previously stated that Shane Moore was a violent drug addict who had previously attacked Reed.
Reed was initially arrested on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter charges in the summer of 2016, but was re-arrested in September 2018 on a murder charge after the video recording surfaced during the investigation.
Court records showed Shane Moore had felony drug convictions, and court records accessed at the time showed that he still associated with drug users.
Reed and her mother provided statements that they lived in fear from Shane Moore, but the District Attorney’s office said “their statements were not consistent and were not corroborated by the video depicting the incident,” according to the district attorney.
The altercation Reed recorded showed that within 20 seconds of Shane Moore coming to the door; Reed told Shane Moore to get out at gunpoint, then pulled the trigger.
Under Oregon law, a person is allowed to use deadly physical force for self-defense if they reasonably believe their life of the life of someone else is in danger.
“These facts were taken into consideration,” the release says. “However, when viewed in totality with all the facts, to include the video of the incident showing Shane Moore’s behavior as non-threatening, the [legal] defense of self-defense or defense of others was not applicable under Oregon law.”