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Habitual offender convicted in Madison County, to serve 25 years

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Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Tarrius Donte Moore was sentenced to serve 25-years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for burglary of a dwelling.  Moore plead guilty and was sentenced as a habitual offender.  He will be required to serve the entire sentence without the possibility of probation, parole or early release. 

On June 16, 2017, the Ridgeland Police Department received a phone call from a 70-year old victim of a house burglary.  The victim was returning home and entered his residence through the front door.  As the victim entered, he observed Moore kicking open the back door to his home.  The victim screamed at Moore, who then ran from the scene.

The Ridgeland Police Department immediately responded to the victim’s home and officers were able to get a description of Moore, and then advised other units of the crime and the description of Moore who had fled the area on foot.

Ridgeland officers, who were searching the area saw Moore on the run and started to chase after him.  Moore attempted to flee but later complied with the officer’s demand that he give up and get on the ground.  Moore was arrested and transported to the Ridgeland Police Department for questioning. During the interview with law enforcement, Moore told them that he broke into the victim’s home looking for prescribed drugs and money.

The victim was a 70-year old man who had his home broken into during the morning hours by someone looking for drugs to steal or for money to buy drugs,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Guest. “The homeowner was victimized by Moore, who is career criminal and has as numerous prior felony convictions.  Moore had been released early from prison and was on probation at the time he committed this offense.”

Guest added his thanks to the local law enforcement who helped to put Moore away. 

“Their hard work and dedication resulted in Moore being taken into custody within minutes of the 911 call and within an hour of his arrest Moore had confessed to his crime,” Guest said. “Moore will finally be held accountable for his lifetime of criminal activity.”

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