A Moultrie man who was a prosecution witness in a gang trial earlier this year was sentenced this week to a 240-month sentence in federal court on a firearms charge.
U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson sentenced Basil Moore, 31, to 120 months each on two counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore’s office announced Thursday. Lawson also sentenced Moore to serve three years on supervised release after serving his prison time.
Moore pleaded guilty on April 4, and his sentencing was delayed until after he gave testimony in the three-week trial that began May 21 in Moultrie. He admitted having possession of a .380- and .40-caliber pistols after his conviction on an armed robbery charge in Thomas County in the late 1990s.
During the June trial, Moore testified that he had a .40-caliber pistol that he displayed in the waist of his pants during a July 2, 2010, confrontation that occurred hours before the fatal shooting of Alvin Hunt Jr. at the Shy Manor apartment complex in Northwest Moultrie.
Other witnesses testified that Moore waved the gun in the air during the afternoon incident, which started when a child shot water inside a car in which Moore was riding. Moore got out and confronted people at a gathering, he and other witnesses said.
Hunt was fatally shot outside an apartment later that evening.
At the murder scene, .40-caliber shell casings were among those found by law enforcement officers. There also was evidence that one or more of the people who were with Hunt fired back during a gun battle.
Robert Lee Fuller, one of two of the men whose charges in the murder of Hunt went to a jury, was found not guilty in the murder. Tyshaun Daniels was convicted in 26-year-old Hunt’s murder and sentenced to life plus five years.
The trial judge dismissed charges in Hunt’s murder against Tobias Thomas, who was convicted in another murder that was part of the 80-count indictment that also included armed robberies, home invasions and non-fatal shootings. Four of the original 11 defendants entered guilty pleas prior to the trial, one was separated from the case and another was cleared of charges before the trial got under way.