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Man in Costanzo case faces weapon charge



Published: Thu, May 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



If convicted, the defendant faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

AKRON -- A man who told police that Atty. Maridee Costanzo wanted him to arrange the murder of her estranged husband, has been indicted on a federal charge of illegal possession of a weapon.

William D. Cindea of Warren was indicted Wednesday. He is scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Akron at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

If convicted, Cindea faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, said Bill Edwards, a spokesman with the U.S. attorney's office.

1993 conviction

The indictment states that Cindea, who was convicted Jan. 7, 1993, in Lawrence County, Pa., of the manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, did knowingly possess a firearm. Since Cindea was convicted of a prior felony, he is prohibited from having a firearm.

The indictment noted that Cindea had a .22-Magnum revolver, a .38-caliber revolver and ammunition.

The weapons and ammunition were found on Cindea when he was arrested along with Costanzo, a few blocks from the home of Roger Bauer, her estranged husband.

Costanzo had one of the weapons tucked in her pants. Costanzo is already facing a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon in that case, which was bound over to a Trumbull County grand jury last month.

Affidavit

In a 14-page affidavit prosecutors filed in U.S. District Court in support of Costanzo's murder-for-hire charge, it states that a source told FBI agents that Costanzo had been trying to hire him or someone to kill her husband. The source also said that he provided OxyContin pills and powder cocaine to Costanzo.

The affidavit states the source was driving the car the night Costanzo was arrested. Police reports indicate Cindea was the driver.

The affidavit further states that the source tape-recorded numerous conversations with Costanzo in which she repeatedly says she wants to have Bauer killed.

Costanzo is being held in jail on a charge she tried to hire a hit man to kill Bauer. It is not known when her next hearing is scheduled.




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