Man sentenced to life in prison for stabbing

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The charges arose from a June 15, 2016 incident in Santa Rosa Beach where the victim was stabbed in the neck while in her home.

Staff Report

A Santa Rosa Beach man convicted of attempted first degree premeditated murder after stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s mother in the neck has been sentenced to life in prison.

Joseph Shawn Moll will also have to pay court-ordered fines, costs and restitution to the victim.

The charges arose from a June 15, 2016 incident in Santa Rosa Beach where the victim was stabbed in the neck while in her home.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies who responded found the victim with a “large laceration to her neck,” according to news accounts. When they asked Moll what happened, he told them he tried to kill the woman. He also told deputies where the knife was and that he’d cut her throat, “Not once, but twice,” aiming for the jugular vein.

He then sat down and waited for her to bleed out, he said.

In subsequent interviews, Moll told investigators that he had tried to kill the victim because he thought she was trying to keep the victim’s daughter away from him, according to a press release from the First Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office.

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