Memphis, TN – Daniel Moore, 33, has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.
According to information presented in court, on January 28, 2019, at approximately 10:58 PM, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call at a McDonald’s restaurant on Houston Levee road.
The restaurant manager observed a male, later identified as the defendant Daniel Moore, exiting a light blue Toyota Camry appear to have a seizure. According to the manager, Moore left the doors to the vehicle open and there appeared to be a child in the backseat with no coat, socks or shoes. When officers arrived on the scene, they observed the Toyota Camry occupied by a crying four-year-old female child in the rear-driver seat. The child was later released to the custody of her grandmother.
Officers also observed a non-responsive adult female, 31, in the front driver’s seat. Law enforcement extracted her from the vehicle and administered CPR and Narcan, at which time she started to breathe.When paramedics arrived on the scene, she was transported to Regional One for medical treatment. She was later arrested for the felony offense of child abuse and neglect; however, that charge was dismissed in state court.
Shortly thereafter Moore entered the McDonald’s restaurant and inquired about his daughter and wife. He admitted to law enforcement on body worn camera footage that he and the adult female had just ingested heroin. Officers asked if he had any more heroin in the vehicle. Moore answered “no.” Officers also asked Moore for oral consent to search his vehicle, and he gave consent.
Deputies recovered five boxes (100 rounds) of 5.56 ammunition in the glove compartment, which he was attempting to sell. Officers also recovered a used syringe, a spoon containing a small-dirty cotton ball, an electronic scale and a kit containing cotton, alcohol swabs, and tourniquets.
Moore is a prohibited person with eight prior felony convictions and a conviction for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. As a result, he is prohibited by federal law from possession of firearms or ammunition.
On June 1, 2020, Moore pled guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Sheryl H. Lipman. On September 3, 2020, Judge Lipman sentenced Moore to 30 Months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said: “Prohibited persons in possession of firearms or ammunition, such as convicted felons, persons with histories of domestic violence, and unlawful users of illegal narcotics present a known and immediate risk of violence to their families and the community at large. This is exactly the type of dangerous offender that needs to be held accountable for the safety of the community.”
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force investigated this case. The Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative is a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In 2017, PSN was reinvigorated as part of the Justice Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy K. Cornejo prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.