ESL carjacker convicted; terrified UPS driver prayed for his soul

June 12, 2014 

The UPS truck driver carjacked by Anthony T. Moore in 2012 thought that he was going to die and prayed for his soul, according to prosecutors.

Moore, 22, was convicted Wednesday in federal court of robbing a UPS truck at gunpoint on Dec. 17, 2012. The verdict came after a three-day trial, in which the truck driver testified that he was sure Moore intended to kill him.

"I thought it was the last day of my life, and that I would never see my kids again," the driver testified. "I just asked the Lord to receive my soul. I was that sure he was going to kill me."

The driver's identity was not released by court officials.

Moore hijacked the truck at gunpoint in East St. Louis and forced the driver to drive to a deserted, dead-end street in Washington Park. Moore and two accomplices stole the 80 packages out of the truck.

Moore then shot a 15-year-old acquaintance in the back of the head because he believed the teenager could implicate him in the robbery. Moore was convicted of attempted murder last year in St. Clair County Court and was sentenced to 34 years in prison.

The federal charge on which he was convicted this week is armed robbery, a federal "Hobbs Act" crime punishing any attempt to obstruct interstate commerce by robbery.

Moore will be sentenced on Oct. 10, and faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years on the robbery conviction.

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