The beating and robbery of Moses Malone Jr. has finally came to somewhat of a conclusion after one of the men accused of attacking and robbing him outside V-Live nightclub last year was sentenced on Thursday.
Darian Blount was found guilty of aggravated robbery in connection to the robbery involving the son of NBA legend Moses Malone, and he was sentenced to 35 years in jail for the aggravated robbery charge.
“Harris County jurors earlier on Thursday convicted him of the first-degree felony. They then worked past 7 p.m. to determine punishment. He was facing the possibility of life in prison.
Because Malone’s jewelry was taken, and some people in the crowd had guns, prosecutors charged Blount with armed robbery. He was convicted under the state’s “law of parties,” which assigns everyone connected to crime with the same culpability. In other cases, prosecutors have used the law to charge getaway drivers or other conspirators with the same crime that a masked gunman would face.
The jury agreed that at least one handgun was involved in the crime, so he will have to serve at least half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
Testimony showed that Blount apparently told Malone he disrespected Harden and needed to be punished. He then shouted, “Get ‘em!”
People in the crowd, some with handguns, began beating Malone and took his iPhone, and jewelry valued at $50,000, including diamond earrings that were ripped out of Malone’s ears.
He also lost two David Yurman pendant chains worth $20,000 each.”
The entire ordeal allegedly began when for something he had posted on social media towards Houston Rockets superstar James Harden.
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Malone Jr. claims that Harden paid Blount and two other men $20,000 to attack him and has since filed a civil lawsuit against the Houston Rockets star.