Hardy sentenced to life without parole for IMPD officer's killing

Thomas Hardy

The man who admitted to killing Indianapolis Metro Police Officer David Moore apologized to Moore's parents in court Thursday. In an unusual moment, Officer Moore's mother gave her son's killer a gift.

"This is only the third time I got to see Thomas Hardy," said Officer Joanne Moore.

Jo Moore and her family faced her son's killer in court for the last time Thursday. Along with the family, friends, fellow officers and Public Safety Director Frank Straub packed the courtroom Thursday morning for the sentencing.

Thomas Hardy, 61, received his punishment - life in prison without the possibility of parole - for the murder of Officer David Moore. His mother spoke directly to Hardy from the witness stand in court.

"I think he has a lot of things he is trying to work through and I told him it was okay," she said after Thursday's sentencing.

Hardy shot and killed Officer Moore in January 2011. Moore stopped Hardy, who was driving a stolen car. Hardy fired off five rounds and took off. Moore died from his injuries a few days later.

At the time of the shooting, Hardy was on parole but facing theft charges from a November 2010 arrest. Hardy also had additional charges of robbery and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

His attorneys say Hardy struggles with what happened.

"He is not sure that the Lord will ever forgive him for what he has done, and he is very concerned about that," said Monica Foster, defense attorney.

Before sentencing, Thomas Hardy told the Moores, "I struggle with it every day. All I can say is that I'm sorry. I pray for your family more than I pray for myself."

During Thursday's sentencing, Officer Jo Moore told Hardy, "I am horrified that you executed my little boy." But she also said, "I am so glad to have precious memories in a life that was cut short too soon."

Thomas Hardy left the City-County Building to serve that life sentence carrying a memory card given to him by Officer Moore's mother.

"It has David's picture on it and it has the police officer's prayer," explained Jo Moore.

"We look at this as the fact that we have moved from victim to survivor," said Spencer Moore, David Moore's father.

Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson spoke in court, saying that on the day of the fatal shooting that she was paged out of church and responded to the scene. She did not know Officer David Moore, but since the shooting has come to know his police officer parents. Robinson says she would have been glad and honored to take the case to trial. However, she agrees with the Moore family's wishes to resolve the case with the life without parole plea agreement.

The Moores insisted on no death penalty trial for their son's killer, instead letting him live with the admitted guilt of taking Officer David Moore's life.

"Nothing would bring David back," said Jo Moore.

Judge Mark Stoner sentenced Hardy to life in prison plus 40 years. Stoner offered his condolences to the family, and said the court recognized Hardy taking responsibility for his actions.