SAN FRANCISCO – A city court judge sentenced two men to prison for their actions in a drug deal in 2018 that ended in a shootout, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
Under separate appeal agreements in July, Stockton men Khari Moore, 23, and Malik Lott, 25 spoke to a person via Craigslist who agreed to sell them marijuana and chat with text to end a face-to-face meeting on April 8, 2018. where they joined other people on the drive to Redwood City. There, Moore and Lott hoped to buy four pounds of marijuana before later reselling it at a profit.
According to charging documents and court records, the men met outside a BevMo wine store and agreed to a $ 4,000 price after investigating marijuana. Both buyers and sellers said they would leave the parking lot to get the pool and the money, respectively.
The sellers left the area, got marijuana and returned, but Lott and Moore never left. Prosecutors said Moore waved a gun while Lott tried to grab the marijuana where Moore opened fire as dealers tried to drive away and hit the pickup truck driver in the hands and face several times. Moore and Lott then fled back to Stockton without marijuana.
Following an investigation by Redwood City Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Lott was charged in October last year with conspiracy, as well as drug trafficking, robbery and conspiracy to rob.
After pleading guilty in July to a solitary charge of conspiracy to distribute and possessing intent to distribute marijuana, authorities dropped the other charges. Moore also pleaded guilty later in July to conspiracy as well as for burning a firearm during drug trafficking.
According to previous reports from this news organization, both men would have had up to 20 years in prison if convicted alone for robbery.
Moore and Lott will begin serving prison sentences of 87 months and 12 months and one day, respectively, as well as five- and three-year supervised release terms, where Moore will be sentenced to pay restitution.
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.
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