A woman who stabbed her victim 21 times is already up for parole.
The victim is shocked. “I felt as though I deserved at least five years of not having to think about this,” said Katie.
In 2016, a diary entry was uncovered in which Moen appeared happy with her act. “I stabbed an innocent woman to death earlier today – technically yesterday since it’s 1 a.m.,” the diary read, per the arrest affidavit. “It was absolutely fantastic. Murder gives me a high unlike any other.”
The reason for her quick parole is because attempted murder is not considered a “3G offense,” or, a very violent crime that usually involves a weapon. Those that are serving time for non-3G offenses are eligible for parole when the time served plus good conduct time equals to one-fourth of their sentence – 3G offenders must serve at least half of their time.
Travis County Assistant District Attorney Joe Frederick tells KXANthat prosecutors assumed attempted murder was a 3G offense when they decided on the charge. Moen was initially charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The latter charge was dropped and incidentally, is a 3G offense.
“People make mistakes and sometimes you think logic is going to overrule,” said Katie. “I don’t understand how attempted murder is not seen as a serious crime, and I feel like that’s a complete flaw in this 3G system.”
Moen is eligible for parole in November. Katie, a nurse, is now hoping that letters of protest will help stop that. “Writing a protest letter is the best way that’s going to keep her in prison.”
[Photo: Austin Police Department]