Janesville man who strangled wife gets life with no chance of release

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staff, Gazette
Friday, May 3, 2013

— Krystofer R. R. Carlisle rose from his courtroom chair when the judge asked if he wanted to give a statement Thursday morning.

Holding a yellow legal pad in his shackled hands, he turned toward the family of the woman he murdered in December—Traci Moyer, his estranged wife—and told them he could see the anger they felt.

“I also feel that pain and sorrow deep inside of me,” he said, apologizing for the December night he fatally strangled Moyer in his home.

One of Moyer’s daughters refused to look at him, staring at the floor as she cried.

The young woman looked straight ahead minutes later as the judge read his decision sentencing Carlisle: life in prison with no chance of release.

Carlisle pleaded guilty in February to first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence.

Moyer was found dead at Carlisle’s home early in the morning Dec. 8 with a cord wrapped around her neck, according to court documents.

Police found Carlisle next to her, barely breathing, having taken pills to kill himself after the murder, authorities said.

The couple had filed for divorce one month before Moyer was killed, court records show.

Carlisle’s lawyers argued at a hearing Thursday that Carlisle should be eligible for release under extended supervision after serving 20 years of his life sentence.

Defense attorney Megan Reed said Carlisle took responsibility and pleaded guilty to the crime soon after it happened.

She said he felt “deep remorse.”

Reed mentioned Carlisle’s otherwise clean criminal record and medical ailments as reasons he should be eligible for eventual release on extended supervision.

Deputy District Attorney Perry Folts credited Carlisle for pleading guilty but argued he should not be eligible for release.

Carlisle, dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, read in his statement how much he loved Moyer and asked forgiveness from her family members in the gallery.

“I wish I could change what happened,” Carlisle said.

Judge Richard Werner was not swayed by the statement, however, and ruled Carlisle ineligible for extended supervision.

Werner criticized Carlisle’s claim that he acted in self-defense and strangled Moyer after a fight over their impending divorce became physical.

Werner noted that the cord found around her neck was wrapped six times.

“That shows a great deal of anger and a final act of control on your part,” Werner told Carlisle.

Werner referred to statements from family members included in a pre-sentence investigation, in which they described Carlisle as abusive and controlling.

That information calls for a longer sentence, Werner said, not a shorter one.

As sheriff’s deputies led Carlisle out of the courtroom, District Attorney David O’Leary asked for another condition: That Carlisle not contact Moyer’s family without their permission. It was granted.

Minutes earlier, Carlisle had spoken to the family members sitting in the gallery.

“I love each and every one of you, and that has not changed,” he said.

“I hope I can one day be in your lives again.”

Moyer’s daughters were looking away.

Last updated: 10:40 am Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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