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Fulton man pleads guilty to federal guns charges

A Fulton man pleaded guilty to four federal charges on Friday after he allegedly shot at several semi-trucks during a chase on Interstate 70 in April 2016.

According to federal court filings, Russell D. Moore pleaded guilty to two counts of destruction of a motor vehicle, felony possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

Boone County deputies tried stopping Moore and Victoria Buol at Midway Travel Plaza in April 2016 when a deputy noticed a Jeep that had been reported stolen earlier. The agreement said that the two sped off as the deputy approached, and Moore, the passenger, began shooting at the deputies.

The plea agreement said that Moore shot at four semi-trucks when the chase made it to Interstate 70, “nearly striking one of the drivers.” Investigators spoke to two of the drivers, including one who found a bullet lodged behind his seat. Another driver reported that a bullet struck his engine, causing it to smoke.

The pursuit eventually ended on County Road 172 in Callaway County when the Jeep ran out of gas, according to law enforcement.

Moore and Buol told investigators at the time that they shot at the trucks hoping to cause a crash and end the deputies’ pursuit.

Moore previously pleaded guilty to two counts of use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence but withdrew that guilty plea in November, according to federal court filings.

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