Moscow man sentenced to prison for attempted murder


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A Lackawanna County man could spend up to 51 years in prison on attempted murder charges.

Timothy McGoff of Moscow was sentenced Tuesday afternoon for a chase and assault that took place two years ago.

In a low, quiet voice, McGoff barely got out an apology for the two people that he tried to kill back in January 2015.

Prosecutors called his actions the “essence of evil.”

As she left the Lackawanna County courthouse, Leslie Bacinelli had a message she wanted everyone to hear.

“I don’t consider myself a victim. I am a survivor,” Bacinelli said.

In January 2015, Bacinelli’s ex-boyfriend, Timothy McGoff, chased her and her new boyfriend, Craig Hoover, in a car for roughly 20 miles.

He rammed their vehicle four times, causing it to crash into a guide rail near Interstate 380 in Moscow.

McGoff then came after them both, at one point grabbing Leslie Bacinelli by her hair, putting a knife in her mouth and slitting her face.

She detailed every moment of the attack in court.

“I just wanted the judge to know everything that we went through on behalf of myself and my children,” Bacinelli said.

In court, both victims explained how they have been scared for life.

The judge ultimately sentenced Timothy McGoff to between just over 21 years to 51 years behind bars.

“I’m glad this part is over,” Craig Hoover said.

For the victims, they don’t know for sure if Timothy McGoff has any remorse. They just want to move forward with their own lives.

When asked if she will be able to sleep easier, Bacinelli said, “A little bit, just a little. I think it’ll get easier over time but it’s not going to happen instantaneously.”

Besides slitting Leslie Bacinelli’s face with a knife, prosecutors believe McGoff also tried to cut her throat on the night of the attack but was unable to because she was wearing a thick winter scarf.

When he is released from prison, a judge also ordered Timothy McGoff to spend 12 years on probation.

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