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Moir enters guilty plea in Ferguson Township body dump

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller and Ferguson Township Police Department make a public appeal for information about Corinne Pena in February. Robert Moir entered a guilty plea in Centre County court this week in the February dumping of Pena’s body along a Ferguson Township road. Pena died of a drug overdose.
District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller and Ferguson Township Police Department make a public appeal for information about Corinne Pena in February. Robert Moir entered a guilty plea in Centre County court this week in the February dumping of Pena’s body along a Ferguson Township road. Pena died of a drug overdose. Centre Daily Times, file

A Centre County man has entered a guilty plea for dumping a dead woman’s body along a Ferguson Township road.

Robert Moir, 59, of Patton Township, signed his plea on Monday, according to his attorney, Ronald McGlaughlin.

Moir was charged Feb. 23 with the early morning Valentine’s Day disposal of the body along Plainfield Road.

The body went unidentified for days before being identified as Corinne Pena, 35, of Philadelphia, who died of a drug overdose.

Moir told police he met the woman in Philadelphia and brought her back to Centre County, and that he found her dead with a needle and a spoon in a bathroom in his home late on Feb. 13. According to court documents, he wrapped her in a red sheet from his bedroom before transporting her in his Mercedes.

McGlaughlin said his client entered a plea to the only charge in his case: abuse of a corpse, a misdemeanor.

“It was an open plea,” he said.

That is different than a plea agreement where a defendant pleads guilty to some charges or enters a no-contest plea in return for a certain sentence recommendation.

The next step in the case is sentencing. McGlaughlin said that is slated for September.

Moir’s case was slated for trial in June, but the case was continued as he was being treated at a “(mental health)/behavioral facility” in Tennessee, according to court documents.

McGlaughlin confirmed that his client was present for the plea.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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