Moody was subsequently incarcerated in a federal penitentiary for four years. Upon release, he mounted an appeal to have the conviction expunged. He apparently had ambitions of becoming a lawyer, but the conviction prevented him from realizing them. In August 1989 his appeal was definitively rejected by the 11th Circuit and the conviction was upheld.
Moody had in fact sought to overturn the conviction by paying two acquaintances – Julie Linn-West and her mother Susan Eckstrom – to tell the authorities that the bomb had been planted there by someone else. Yet despite Moody threatening to hurt them, Linn-West later provided prosecutors with compelling evidence of his involvement in the 1989 murders of Judge Vance and Robinson.