Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Reggie Moses: Real Life Version of Omar from The Wire Gets 30 Years in Prison

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 8:40 AM

click to enlarge Real life Omar probably didn't throw crack into the storm sewer. - IMAGE VIA
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Earlier this year, Daily RFT compared 25-year-old Reggie Moses to Omar Little, the fictional, shotgun-toting, Robin Hood of Baltimore from the HBO series The Wire.

Back in June, Moses and three associates stole 600 grams of crack, a Nintendo Wii and a PlayStation from a drug dealer in East St. Louis. The dealer, Mintai Bedford, didn't take kindly to Moses' rip-and-run tactics and sped off after him in a Dodge Durango. Moses, rolling in a Ford Excursion, led Bedford on a bullet-riddled chase through Madison County that ended in Alton.

It was a near-perfect case of art-imitating-life-imitating-art. And, as Wire mastermind David Simon would surely have scripted it, Moses' story does not have a happy ending.

Yesterday, district court judge William Stiehl sentenced him to 30 years in federal prison.

In August, a jury convicted Moses of three separate felonies: conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats of violence, interference with commerce by threats or violence, and possession of a firearm (in this case a Glock .40) in furtherance of a crime of violence.

According to court records, Moses has a lengthy rapsheet in St. Clair County that dates back to 1999 and includes four felony convictions: robbery, reckless discharge of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

(Fictional Omar, nods approvingly.)

Apparently real life Omar is also a terrible driver. Moses has been convicted of a whopping 22 traffic offenses since 1999, with citations for everything from speeding to failure to use a turn signal.

Remarkably, as the court documents below reveal, Moses' traffic tickets were submitted as evidence against him during his recent trial.
Reggie Moses Indictment Evidence Sentencing

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