Wilkes-Barre man charged with providing false information about gun app

WILKES-BARRE – A Wilkes-Barre man on five-year probation for an accidental shooting death that claimed the life of his cousin was recently charged with providing false information on a request to buy weapons from fire.

Ziaire W. Mouzone, 23, of Lloyds Lane, answered ‘no’ to a question about marijuana use when he tried to buy a MasterPiece Arms 9mm pistol from a licensed gun dealer in Hanover Township on Jan. 30, 2021, according to court records.

A mandatory background check revealed that Mouzone was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana in September 2020, which resulted in a conviction in April 2021, prohibiting him from possessing, purchasing and carrying a firearm. fire, according to court records.

Mouzone had previously purchased a 9mm pistol on June 9, 2020 and a second 9mm pistol on August 11, 2020.

The pistol purchased on August 11, 2020 was recovered by the Passaic Police Department in New Jersey from a crime scene, and the 9mm pistol purchased on June 9, 2020 was reported stolen to the Wilkes-Barre Police Department , according to court records.

After attempting to purchase the MPA 9mm pistol in January 2021, Mouzone accidentally shot his cousin, 19-year-old Diavian Tooley, while recording video inside the Lloyds Lane residence on March 27, 2021 , according to court records.

Mouzone was wielding a .40 caliber Glock when the gun discharged hitting Tooley in the chest.

Tooley died during surgery on April 22, 2021, four weeks after sustaining the gunshot wound.

Mouzone pleaded guilty to manslaughter and tampering with evidence related to the accidental shooting. Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. sentenced Mouzone on May 2 to five years under the county’s intermediate punishment program, with the first six months of house arrest with electronic monitoring.

County detectives charged Mouzone with making a false written statement and misrepresentation for his alleged attempt to purchase the 9mm MPA pistol. He was released on his own recognizance.

Mouzone reportedly told detectives that he had been using marijuana daily since he was 18.