Sergio Moon,31, was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole plus five years by Judge Arch McGarity on Thursday. In issuing the sentence, McGarity noted that Moon would be 51 years old before he could be considered for any possibility of parole.
After deliberating for less than three hours Wednesday, a Walton County jury found Sergio Moon guilty of one count of Felony murder, but not of malice murder. He also was found guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was, however, found not guilty of aggravated assault and cruelty to children in the first degree. He will be back in court tomorrow for sentencing.
According to a post on the Walton County District Attorney’s Facebook page, “the sentencing hearing will be held tomorrow afternoon in front of the Honorable Arch W. McGarrity, a senior judge from Henry County. Moon faces a minimum sentence of Life in Prison plus five years to be served consecutive. This case was investigated by the Monroe Police Department and prosecuted by Deputy Chief ADA Cliff Howard, Investigator Aimee Oliver, and Victim Witness Assistant Kerie Garrett.”
The second day of testimony in the trial of Sergio Moon continues today with the defendant expected to testify in his own defense this afternoon. Neither the prosecution nor the defense is disputing that Moon was the person who pulled the trigger that resulted in the death of Linda Flint, 68, on June 13, 2018. At issue is whether it was an intentional or accidental shooting.
Moon is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and cruelty to children in the 1st degree. The cruelty to children charge is because a juvenile family member was present at the time of the incident. Moon also has a 2009 cocaine possession felony conviction, hence the charges relating to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. However, his defense contends that the shooting was an accident that happened while he and neighbors were seated at the kitchen table. Moon claims that he was playing with a laser sight that he had just received that day when the gun accidentally went off. Flint, who was standing at the other end of the table, was hit in the head. Moon fled the scene and the other witnesses initially claimed that some unknown people broke in and attempted to rob them. Once it was revealed that was not the case, warrants were taken for Moon and he was arrested in Norcross a few days later.
Sergio Moon, 31, accused in the June 13, 2018 murder of Linda O. Flint, 68, of Monroe, goes on trial for the alleged murder next week. Moon will appear in a Walton County courtroom in front of Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Osburn to face the charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and cruelty to children in the 1st degree. Jury selection begins at 9 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2019.
After a week on the run following the alleged murder, Monroe Police Department reported that Moon was taken into custody on June 22, 2018 at a home off Oakbrook Parkway in Norcross with the help of the U.S. Marshal Service, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a press release from MPD at the time, police responded to an armed robbery at about 2:42 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at Apartment No. 4 at 134 West Marable Street. Officers arrived to find Flint on the floor, bleeding profusely. She was transported to Piedmont Walton Hospital where she subsequently died. Following an investigation that also involved the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s Office, warrants were obtained for Moon in connection with the murder.