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Defendant Convicted of Reckless Endangerment, Illegal Firearm Possession Over New Year’s Eve Incident

PHILADELPHIA (March 28, 2022) — District Attorney Larry Krasner today announced the conviction of Bashir Moore (DOB 2/12/1995), who at the conclusion of a waiver trial was found guilty of Possession of Firearm Prohibited (F1) (felon in possession of a firearm) and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M2). He also reiterated the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s commitment to holding individuals who commit serious firearm offenses appropriately accountable.Moore was arrested in 2019 on New Year’s Eve in the city’s West Passyunk section after Philadelphia police, who responded to a call to investigate gunshots, observed him and two other individuals repeatedly discharge firearms into the air outside of a public housing complex. After the men went inside the house, police eventually obtained consent to enter the premises, where they found Moore and others, whom they identified by clothing, hiding in closets. The firearms were not recovered, although police found one dozen shell casings at the scene, and a forensic analysis conducted of Moore’s sweatshirt detected gunshot residue.

As a result of this conviction, Moore, who authorities believe has ties to known drivers of gun violence, also faces a Violation of Parole hearing related to illegal firearm possession charges stemming from 2013.“It’s not always easy to secure a conviction in a firearm case when the gun was not recovered,” said DA Krasner. “That’s why we’re grateful to Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Steck for her skillful prosecution of this challenging case. I also want to thank the Philadelphia Police officers and detectives who methodically investigated this incident in a very professional manner, as well as the forensic personnel who crucially obtained the gunshot residue evidence that helped ADA Steck achieve justice in this case. Mr. Moore’s conviction is yet another example of why robust forensic capacity is so very important in cases like this, and the city must substantially increase that capacity.”

“As a line prosecutor going to court every day, I want Philadelphians to know that we take illegal firearm cases very seriously,” said ADA Steck. “I also want communities who have been waiting for justice to know that we are working through the pandemic-driven backlog of cases diligently and tirelessly, and this case is further proof that we hold people accountable.”Moore is scheduled for sentencing before the Hon. Donna M. Woelpper on May 27, 2022.

CONTACT:Dustin Slaughter, 215-686-8713, [email protected]

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