sentenced to probation
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Billey J. Moore, 39 of Holton, was sentenced in Ripley Circuit
Court on October 22 to four years probation. He was found guilty
by a jury on the charge of Prohibited Sales or Transfers of Ownership
or Possession of a Firearm, a Class C Felony.
Moore violated the statute that says you cannot provide a firearm
to a felon in any way when he left a gun at the home of his cousin,
George Moore, who was on probation on a domestic charge.
Circuit Court Judge Carl Taul considered the pre-sentence report
provided by the probation department and then sentenced Moore
to four years probation. Several letters of support for Moore
had been submitted to the court. There were also several in attendance
at the sentencing who testified on the defendants behalf.
The prosecuting attorney for the case was Melvin Wilhelm from
Franklin County. He was the special prosecutor in the case due
to the fact Moore was a law enforcement officer in Ripley County
at the time the charge was brought against him.