Baltimore Felon Exiled to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Gun

January 16, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Ronnie Moore, age 25, of Baltimore today to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Motz enhanced Moore’s sentence upon finding that he was an armed career criminal, based on three previous felony drug convictions.

According to his guilty plea, on July 3, 2007, plainclothes officers with the Baltimore City Police Department were traveling in an unmarked vehicle in the 100 block of N. Bond St. They saw Moore standing on the corner with four other individuals and noticed what appeared to be the outline of a handgun under Moore’s shirt. As the officers got closer to the corner, Moore saw them, grabbed the object that was under his shirt and began to walk in the opposite direction of the officers. One of the officers got out of the car with his badge displayed, and Moore began to run, shifting the large object that was under his shirt to the right side of his waistband. While he was following Moore, an officer saw Moore kneel down, remove a large silver handgun from his waistband and drop it to the gutter. The officer then told a trailing officer what he had seen and that officer immediately recovered the handgun from the gutter. The handgun was a loaded Ruger .357 Magnum revolver, Model Security Six. Moore was caught and placed under arrest.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy thanked the Baltimore City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein and Ms. Jessamy commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Mason, a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to EXILE cases, who prosecuted the case and Assistant State’s Attorneys James Francomano and Amy Donze who assisted in the prosecution.



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