ST. LOUIS – A Jennings man appeared in U.S. District Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to federal charges tied to a pair of carjackings last October.

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri said Ahmod S. Moore, 28, admitted robbing an acquaintance and stealing his car on Oct. 5, 2023, in Country Club Hills and then carjacking a stranger in St. Louis City just five days later.

The first victim stopped at a liquor store on his way to a friend’s house when he ran into Moore. Moore told the victim he was experiencing financial hardship and asked the victim for a ride.

During the ride, Moore pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s belongings and car. At first, the victim thought Moore was joking but soon understood that Moore was serious.

Moore ordered the victim to strip to his underwear and get out of the car. Moore then drove away in the victim’s 2015 Kia Optima.

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On Oct. 10, 2023, the owner of a GMC was standing next to his vehicle when Moore walked up to him armed with a gun. Moore told the victim to hand over his belongings and the victim complied. Moore drove away in the victim’s GMC.

Moore pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking and one count of possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

A sentencing date was not immediately announced. Moore faces up to 15 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on each carjacking charge. He faces at least seven years on the brandishing charge. However, both the prosecution and defense have agreed to recommend a 10-year prison term for Moore.