Parents of murder suspect plead guilty to obstruction of justice charge

YOUNGSTOWN — John Houser Sr. and Frances Cianciola, of Volney Road, parents of murder suspect Jamar Houser, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of obstructing justice in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The elder Houser, 46, and Cianciola, 42, initially were charged with intimidation for reportedly threatening to kill a witness in their son’s case.

Jamar Houser, 19, of Volney Road, is charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery with death-penalty specifications in the fatal shooting of Angeline Fimognari, 80, of Sheridan Road. The younger Houser, who also was charged with being a felon with a gun, remains jailed under $3.1 million bond.

Fimognari was shot to death in the parking lot of St. Dominic Church on the city’s South Side after she left Mass there Jan. 23.

Intimidation is a third-degree felony, for which the available prison sentence range is one to five years. Obstructing justice is a fifth-degree felony, which has a prison sentence range from six to 12 months.

Rebecca L. Doherty, an assistant county prosecutor, said today in the plea agreements of the elder Houser and Cianciola that she is recommending probation for them, however.

For the complete story, see Thursday's Vindicator and

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