MOULTRIE — It took a Colquitt County jury only 30 minutes Wednesday to convict a Moultrie man in the October slaying of Karen Moore.

Craig Gandy, 21, of 200 Trailer Park Road, Lot 15, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison for his murder conviction, according to Assistant District Attorney Brian McDaniel. Three other convictions — burglary, aggravated assault and armed robbery — could add as much as a second life sentence to that. Sentencing will be held Aug. 26.

With a life sentence, Gandy would be eligible for parole in 30 years.

A co-defendant, Jim Cloud, 21, of 541 Country Drive, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and testified against Gandy. Cloud hasn’t been sentenced yet, but armed robbery carries a mandatory sentence of 10-20 years or life in prison.

Gandy and Cloud broke into the Coventry Circle home of James and Karen Moore about 3:30 a.m. Oct. 23 with the intent to rob them. Police said at the time that one had a gun and the other a baseball bat.

The Moores operated a concession booth that traveled to area carnivals and festivals. Gandy and Cloud had worked for them at the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival in Niceville, Fla., from which they had just returned the day before the murder. Police said at the time that the Moores gave the robbers $10,000 they had earned at the festival.

During the robbery, both Karen and James Moore recognized their employees as the robbers. McDaniel said Karen Moore shouted out “Craig, we know it’s you!” and the gunman began shooting. Karen Moore, 46, was hit six times and killed. Her 51-year-old husband was shot three times, but he survived and called 911.

McDaniel said that from that first call, James Moore was able to tell police who shot them. His confident testimony was key to the prosecution, the ADA said. Both Moore and Cloud identified Gandy as the gunman.

The robbers escaped but were arrested later the same day in Calhoun County, Ga. Gandy was found with $4,600 in cash on his person, McDaniel said, which added to the evidence against him.

Two other people were charged in April in connection with the break-in, but McDaniel said those charges have all been dismissed. Jessica Hernandez, 24, of Trailer Park Road, was charged with armed robbery and making false statements. McDaniel said her charges were dropped because she testified against Gandy.

Charges of murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and burglary were dropped against Joshua Peterson, 20, of Fourth Avenue Northeast, during a committal hearing before Magistrate Judge J.J. McMillan, McDaniel said. However, he said, the charges are still under investigation and could be brought before a grand jury for possible indictment at a later date.

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