'It is what is is,' convicted killer says

Posted at 12:53 AM, Nov 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-21 00:53:41-05

VERSAILLES, Ind. -- The woman police accused of shooting and killing a Milan, Indiana woman during a burglary in 2012 is guilty of murder, a jury decided Friday.

Allison Moore, 22, faced murder, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary charges after police said she and two juveniles shot and killed Nancy Hershman in her home on Dec. 30, 2012.

"We couldn't be happier about the verdict. Four verdicts, all guilty. Intentional murder, felony murder, burglary and conspiracy -- I mean, everything she was charged with the jury found her guilty of," Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel said.

Officials with the Ripley County prosecutor’s office said they were not seeking the death penalty in the case. The maximum sentence was life without the possibility of parole; instead, a jury recommended a sentence of 45 to 105 years in prison.

A judge will formally sentence Moore on Dec. 11.

"It is what is is," Moore said as she was led out of court Friday night.

Police said Moore and the juveniles broke into Hershman’s home during an attempted burglary. When confronted by Hershman, police said, Moore shot and killed her.

Hershman was well known in the Milan community. She drove a school bus for 25 years, was a deacon at her church, a Sunday school teacher and a special education teacher.

Moore and the two teens were arrested in Colerain Township less than a week after the incident.

Herschman's niece, Amy Mobley, released a statement which said, in part:

Aunt Nancy, like my mom, would have done anything for anyone and given anything she had to anyone in need. Aunt Nancy had a servants heart and would be the first to help out if you were in trouble.  Unlike some of us here having a hard time with forgiveness today, Aunt Nancy was always the first to forgive.

I'm sorry that all involved had to see the images of my aunt, and hear her being called the old lady. I'm sorry that they never knew my Aunt Nancy. Her smile was infectious and her laughter was contagious. Her strength and courage were mastered.

In the past three years our family has been full of fear, hatred and sadness. Now you are going to watch our family become full of strength with some closure from today.  What can't be taken from us is our love and our memories of Nancy Hersman.