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Man convicted of hiding body is sentenced to prison

By: Sarah Moon, WEAU Staff
By: Sarah Moon, WEAU Staff

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU)--
The man who was found guilty of hiding a corpse and first degree reckless homicide/deliver drugs received his sentence. Twenty-seven year-old Cain Moss of La Crosse was sentenced to seven years in prison. However, he gets credit for already serving a little more than two years.

Before his sentencing Cain Moss said he should have called for help, and told Anthony DuCharme’s family he hoped they could forgive him some day.

“I want to use this day as a declaration to everyone involved. I declare that I will redeem myself, and prove my self worthy of a second chance of life that I’ve been given,” said Cain Moss.

In August of 2011, prosecutors said 40-year-old DuCharme died after smoking a fentanyl patch. Prosecutors said Moss dumped DuCharme’s body on Indian Hill in La Crosse.

Before Cain Moss received his sentence, members of Anthony DuCharme’s family asked the judge for the maximum sentence. However, members of Moss’ family told the judge he deserved a lighter sentence.”

“I wish everyone could see the changes in Cain now. He has moved from the grips of addiction and the grasp of his evil father,” said Cain’s mother Debbie Cupp.

“I still believe the most dangerous drug Tony ever came into contact with was Mr. Moss. Not only did he aid in Tony’s death, but he took in upon himself to destroy him after he had died,” said Anthony’s sister Jennifer Schurhammer

The prosecution and the defense said the sentence was fair.

But Moss’ attorney said she would have liked to see less prison time.

“He’s a good person now. I would not have said the same thing two years ago, but he’s a good person now, but he still needs a lot more treatment and a lot more help to make sure he stays a good person,” said defense attorney Candice Tlustosch.

“Judge Bjerke was very thorough and fair in considering all of the factors, and the length of the sentence was about or near where we were recommending,” said La Crosse County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Skemp.

Moss was also sentenced to 14 years of extended supervision. His attorney said he hasn’t decided if he’ll appeal.

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A man convicted of dumping the body of another man who died from a drug overdose, was sentenced to prison Thursday.

27-year-old Cain Moss of La Crosse was ordered to serve seven years in prison, with credit for 777 days served. He was also ordered to 14 years of extended supervision.

Moss was found guilty in June of hiding a corpse, and first-degree reckless homicide.

Police say 40-year-old Anthony Ducharme died after smoking a fentanyl patch in August of 2011.

Prosecutors say Moss then dumped Ducharme's body on Indian Hill.


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