Domestic Violence Offender Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Firearm with Homemade Suppressor

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Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that a Fairbanks man has been sentenced to federal prison for possessing a handgun with a homemade suppressor, after being convicted of a crime of domestic violence.   

Kyle Steven Moody, 33 of Fairbanks, was sentenced today by Sr. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline, to serve 37 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.  In March 2019, Moody pleaded guilty to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. 

According to court documents, on Dec. 15, 2017, Moody was convicted in the State of Alaska of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, for violently assaulting his girlfriend, K.H.  On Dec. 6, 2018, the Alaska State Troopers received a report that Moody had again assaulted K.H. so badly that her eyes were swollen shut.  At that time, Moody was in violation of his conditions of release, where the court had ordered that he have no contact with K.H., who also had a restraining order against Moody.

Troopers identified Moody near his residence in a car with K.H., and he was arrested.  Troopers then observed a .22 caliber Ruger Mark IV handgun with a suppressor attached to the barrel under the passenger seat where Moody had been sitting.  Moody admitted the firearm belonged to him and that he purchased a kit to make the suppressor.

Moody has a history of domestic violence charges in the State of Alaska involving the same victim, and as someone previously convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, Moody was prohibited from possessing a firearm.  

At Moody’s sentencing hearing, Judge Beistline noted that Moody’s relationship with K.H. was “very deadly” and that “people in a domestic relationship should be protecting each other, not abusing each other.”  He also noted that Moody showed “no respect whatsoever for the law” when he repeatedly violated court orders not to contact K.H.  As a condition of his sentence and supervised release, Judge Beistline ordered Moody to undergo batterer intervention training and prohibited him from contacting K.H. 

The Alaska State Troopers (AST) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of this case.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan D. Tansey.