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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Thomas L Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Ligonier, Indiana Man Sentenced 70 Months In Prison

FORT WAYNE – Billy J. Moore, age 32, of Ligonier, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Holly A. Brady upon his plea of guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, possessing an unregistered destructive device, and distributing methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Mr. Moore was sentenced to 70 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.

According to documents in this case, Moore sold unregistered destructive devices, or “zip guns,” on two occasions to an individual, and when search warrants were served later in the investigation, Moore possessed at least 10 firearms and approximately 11,000 rounds of ammunition as a convicted felon. Also during the investigation, Moore sold methamphetamine to an individual.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Allen County Drug Task Force. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Geller.


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