Ridgeland Carjacker Receives 40-Year Sentence

For Immediate Release
November 18, 2009, 2009
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Ricky Moore was sentenced to 40 years in prison for armed carjacking and the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The last thirteen years of the sentence will be suspended. Moore will be required to serve the 27 year sentence without the possibility of parole or early release.

“Moore is a career criminal who had only recently been released from prison when he committed these crimes,” Guest stated. “He brazenly attempted to carjack this woman at gunpoint, but the actions of the victim and the work of the Ridgeland Police Department gave us the evidence needed to keep him off the streets for the next two and a half decades.”

Guest added, “Violent offenders like Moore deserve to receive the strongest sentence possible. Hopefully the sentence handed down in this case will ensure that our community is safer and will also send a message to would be criminals.”

On September 10, 2008, the Ridgeland Police Department was dispatched to carjacking that occurred at a Ridgeland carwash.

The victim was vacuuming her car when Moore approached her and asked if she needed any help. The victim stated that she did not, and he left. Minutes later Moore returned, showing the victim a gun in his waistband and telling her to get into her car with him. The victim pleaded with Moore to take the vehicle and leave, but he threatened her and forced the victim to get into the front passenger seat of her car while he got into the driver’s seat.

The victim attempted to get out of the car before Moore drove-off and he forced her into the backseat. Moore began to drive away with the victim in the car and the victim escaped by jumping out of the backseat of the car. A passerby stopped to help her and called 911.

The Ridgeland Police Department later found the vehicle and lifted several fingerprints they identified as Moore’s. In addition, the carwash was able to provide law enforcement with video that captured the offense. A warrant was issued for Moore’s arrest and he was later arrested in Georgia. Moore was extradited back to Mississippi to stand trial on these charges. Moore entered his plea of guilty the morning of his trial.

Guest concluded, “The victim in this case is a hero. Because of her actions and her recollection of the details of the crime, we have been able to remove a dangerous individual from the streets of Madison County.”

Moore had previously been convicted of burglary, kidnapping and grand larceny in 1994.