The man who drunkenly shot a 22-year-old woman in the face, killing her, during Brooklyn’s 2016 J’Ouvert celebration was sentenced Friday to 17 and 1/3 years prison by a judge who blasted the gunman’s “idiocy” and “stupidity.”
“In one selfish act of idiocy you destroyed an incredibly bright future,” Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Donald Leo told Reginald Moise.
Family members of victim Tiarah Poyau audibly sobbed throughout the emotional proceeding.
“Tiarah was my miracle baby. She was the only one,” mom Vertina Brown said of her only child. “I can no longer have children. She was everything to me.”
But Moise at times slightly smirked.
When given the chance to speak, he brusquely told his victim’s mom, “I’m sorry Mrs. Brown and the Poyau family for your loss and what you’re going through.”
“It’s not enough,” the mom said of the sentence after Moise was led away in handcuffs.
“But I will take what I can get,” she told The Post. “Tiarah was a beautiful soul. She did not deserve what happened to her.
“Everything about J’Ouvert is supposed to be a celebration of life and culture,” she added. “This taking guns to J’Ouvert needs to end.”
Moise’s apology struck her as insincere, she said, “due to him laughing in court, smirking at me whenever he had the chance to.”
Moise had been acquitted by a Brooklyn jury last month of the top charges of murder and manslaughter in the senseless death of Poyau, the daughter of a Trinidad cop and a promising student at St. John’s University.
But at Friday’s sentencing, the judge gave him the maximum possible time, 15 years, for the highest charge he was convicted of, criminal weapons possession.
The sentence also reflects additional time for lesser charges of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment.
Poyau “literally had the world as her oyster,” the judge told Moise. But she now will never be the accountant, philanthropist, wife or mom she’d hoped to be someday be, he said.
“That’s the greatest tragedy,” he said. “She had every avenue of success before her, and you with your stupidity, you foreclosed all those avenues. Her potential was limitless.”
Poyau had died as she danced with friends; her pals had told police that she had just demanded a man stop grinding against her when they heard a single gunshot; it was unclear if the man who was bothering her was or knew Moise.
Moise had claimed he didn’t know the gun was loaded when it went off.
“I’m not a bad guy … I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone … I didn’t mean to take the gun out, I didn’t mean to shoot nobody,” Moise sobbed to his arresting officers, according to court documents.
His arrest statements included no sympathy or condolences for his victim.