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There are new details in the legal troubles of an infamous Decatur man who was sentenced to death for capital murder, then later acquitted on all charges.

Monday morning, Daniel Wade Moore pleaded guilty to a burglary captured on surveillance camera last year.

It happened at the Wally World convenience store on Danville Road on June 12th. Surveillance cameras captured images of the burglar falling onto the floor.

Circuit Court Judge Steven Haddock delayed Moore's trial until Thursday.

Then, Moore changed his mind and his plea and admitted he was the man in the video.

"We've been talking about it for a long time," said Joe Powell, Moore's defense attorney. "I left it up to Daniel and he decided the best thing to do now was to go ahead and do it this way."

Moore could get anywhere from two to 20 years in prison for burglarizing the convenience store, a pretty high price to pay, considering what he stole.

"Four packs of cigarettes," said Powell.  "That's it."

Powell asked Haddock to allow Moore to go to drug treatment until his sentencing in August, but Haddock refused.

Moore will be sentenced August 28th for third-degree burglary.  But even then, his legal troubles are far from over.

Moore was scheduled to appear in Decatur Municipal Court this week for a DUI charge and other misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident last September 25th.

Police say Moore hit a mailbox on Brookline Avenue, Southwest, and fled.

Officers charged him with driving on the wrong side of the road and leaving the scene of an accident.

Staff in the Magistrate's office tell WHNT NEWS 19 Moore's city case will be delayed until after he is sentenced on the burglary charge in August.

If Judge Haddock sentences Moore to time in prison, his attorney could then begin working with the city prosecutor on Moore's options for settling the city charges against him.

Powell blames Moore's problems on what he's been through since being accused of stabbing Karen Tipton to death in 1999, convicted of capital murder and spending six months on death row, only to be acquitted of the charges several years later.

"Daniel Wade Moore is not a monster," said Powell.  "He didn't commit any of those crimes prior to this time and the jury backed him up on that."

Now Judge Haddock will determine Moore's immediate future, acknowledging he has a prior felony conviction of theft.

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