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SENTENCING OF POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2012

United States Attorney Michael J. Moore, Middle District of Georgia, announces the sentencing of Basil Moore, age 31 of Moultrie, Georgia, by the Honorable Hugh Lawson on July 16, 2012 in Valdosta, Georgia. 

On April 4, 2012, Defendant Moore entered a plea of guilty to two counts of Possession of Firearms by a Convicted Felon in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).  In particular, Defendant Moore stipulated that he had possessed a Walter .380 caliber Model PPK/S firearm and a Springfield Armory XD .40 caliber firearm after having been convicted of the felony offense of Armed Robbery in the Superior Court of Thomas County, Georgia on April 22, 1998.

Defendant Moore’s activities were discovered during the investigation of the homicide of Alvin Hunt which occurred on July 2, 2010 at the Shy Manor Apartments in Moultrie, Georgia.  Ballistics examination determined that multiple rounds had been fired from each firearm that Defendant Moore admitted illegally possessing.

At sentencing, the Court considered all of the surrounding circumstances and sentenced him to 120 months imprisonment on each count consecutive to one another for a total of 240 months imprisonment, three (3) years supervised release, and a $200.00 mandatory assessment fee.

“My office will continue to aggressively prosecute convicted felons who unlawfully possess guns.  When guns illegally fall into the hands of people who are not supposed to have them, we are all put at risk,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Leah McEwen prosecuted the case.  For additional information please contact Sue McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Attorney’s Office at (478) 621-2602.


   

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