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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Two men with prior homicide convictions sentenced to prison for firearms and drug crimes after search of Canton home revealed guns, drugs and body armor

Two men with prior homicide convictions were sentenced to prison for firearms and drug trafficking charges crimes.

Maurice A. Stewart, 42, was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison this week. A jury previously convicted him of drug trafficking, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of firearms.

William W. Moore, 38, was sentenced to 63 months in prison. He previously pleaded guilty to drug and firearms charges.

A third man, Jason E. Cousins, 47, was sentenced to 73 months in prison. Cousins was found guilty of a firearm offense following a trial.

According to court documents and evidence presented in court:

U.S. Marshals were searching for Moore, who was wanted on drug and firearms warrants out of West Virginia, when they tracked him to a home in Canton on November 17, 2016.

A search of the home resulted in the recovery of nearly eight pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, $10,904 in cash, two loaded handguns, a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle and body armor.

The evidence at trial connected all three men to items recovered at the residence.

Moore was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of a previous conviction for murder.

Stewart was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of a previous conviction involuntary manslaughter.

Cousins was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of previous convictions for possession of cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aaron P. Howell and Peter Daly following an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, the Canton Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated April 25, 2019