Anthony Lee Moosman, 20, entered the plea on Tuesday morning in Sullivan County Criminal Court. A life sentence was handed down by Judge William Rodgers, with no eligibility of parole for 51 years.
Moosman was 18 at the time of the slaying, Feb. 22, 2017. When Kingsport police officers responded to gunfire at an apartment complex at 391 Lynn Drive, they found two men had been shot.
Stephen Caudill, 18, was dead inside Apt. 4, while Clayton Ray, 20, was responsive on the front porch of an adjacent unit. Ray was rushed to the hospital for treatment and survived.
Kingsport Police Department detectives developed Moosman as their lone suspect and found evidence of a marijuana grow in the apartment where Caudill was found dead. Detectives said Moosman and the victims were acquainted, with Moosman visiting the residence to rob them of money. At some point in the altercation, Moosman opened fire.
Moosman was located the next day and arrested on warrants for several charges, including first-degree murder. According to Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Lewis Combs, Moosman pleaded guilty to all those charges, including attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. His sentences on the offenses will run concurrently.
Combs reports that Moosman has been held in the Sullivan County jail since his arrest for the murder, serving time for a previous burglary.
While incarcerated, Moosman falsely accused corrections officers of sexual misconduct and physically assaulted another officer. His sentences for those offenses are also concurrent to his time for murder.