Mt. Vernon police were looking for a 33-year-old man on Tuesday who they say was convicted of unlawfully possessing a gun, released from jail and then didn’t show up for his sentencing hearing on Friday.
On May 4, Rodney E. Moore was found guilty by a jury of possessing a firearm as a felon and possessing a defaced firearm as a felon.
“Moore was released from custody, after his conviction, pending his sentencing date of August 3rd,” police wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday.
He did not appear for his sentencing hearing.
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Police warned the public that they believe Moore to be armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on Moore’s whereabouts is asked to call the Mt. Vernon Police Department at 242-2131 or CrimeStoppers at 242-8477.
His first charged, possessing a firearm as a felon is a Class 3 felony and carries a prison sentence between two and 10 years, according to the Illinois General Assembly. The second charge, possessing a defaced firearm as a felon is also a Class 3 felony and could carry a sentence between six and 14 years in prison.
Jefferson County court records indicate his previous convictions include failing to report to a penal institution or to report for periodic imprisonment, resisting a peace officer and possessing marijuana. He was charged in July with damaging property, that case is still pending.