April 14th, 2006
Hector Moquete attacked his estranged wife, Lillian Moquete, with a machete, lacerating her neck, arms and hands in their home the evening of April 14, 2006. The attack came weeks after the couple filed for divorce and after questions of marital infidelity. His intentions were stated to be to kill his estranged wife and their young son before committing suicide via police. Shortly before the attack, Moquete drank two 16-ounce beers, took 27 prescription pills for anxiety, and 15 prescription pills for hypertension. The result of his alcohol and prescription usage caused Moquete to be unaware he committed the crime until his lawyer reviewed the details with him three days later. Prosecution maintains it was pre-meditated, with Moquete purchasing the machete the day of the attack, prior to taking the medication and alcohol mix that caused him to black out. Officers and EMS intervened quickly once receiving Lillian's 911 call and were able to save Lillian Moquete's life and prevent the death of Hector Moquete and their young son. Moquete is to serve 40 yrs in prison as well as bear the costs of Lillian's medical expenses, therapy to learn how to use her hands again, and psychological treatment for both Lillian and the Moquete's son.