Habitual offender sentenced to 5 years for felony shoplifting

Habitual offender sentenced to 5 years for felony shoplifting

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Biloxi man will spend the next five years behind bars after he was convicted of his sixth felony by a Harrison County jury Wednesday evening.

District Attorney Joel Smith said it took the jury less than 20 minutes of deliberation to find Lester Darrell Moore, 51, guilty of felony shoplifting.

Smith said a Dillard's Surveillance Officer testified during the trial he observed Moore stuffing nine men's wallets into his jacket and then leaving the store without paying for them on March 5, 2013.

Biloxi Police Department Investigator David Shoemaker testified he arrested Moore in the store parking lot after a short fight. Shoemaker said he then found five additional Michael Kors women's wallets in Moore's jacket sleeves.

Assistant District Attorney Ian Baker said the total value of the 14 wallets was more than $1,700.

Judge Lisa Dodson sentenced Moore to the maximum of five years in prison, as a habitual offender, without the possibility of parole.

Smith said Moore's five previous felony convictions started in 1983 and include grand larceny, receiving stolen property, commercial burglary and selling drugs.

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