Moore 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 defendant’s 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.