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Parents of murder suspect plead guilty to obstruction of justice charge



Published: Wed, April 7, 2010 @ 5:47 p.m.

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 Vindy.com


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

"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."

What kind of a plea deal will Jamar Houser get ? Manslaughter plea with probation ? IT'S ALL GOOD AND ONLY GETTING BETTER !

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2ricnsherri(41 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Who the hell does she think she is. NUTS!!!!! Who has to approve this deal? This is crap. IF they would have succeeded a murderer might have walked. They should each get the max.

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3ElPolloRetrasado(201 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

330-740-2330 This is the phone number to the criminal division of the Mahoning County prosecutors office. I really hope that everybody that reads this makes a phone call to the office and makes it known that probation is a ridiculous idea for two common criminals that raised a murdering P.O.S.! If you complain on here and don't make a phone call than I hope you realize that all you are is a big blow hard that might as well condone the prosecutors actions!

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4CCmom(31 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

This is absolutely insane, the Prosecutor's office agreed to a plea agreement? They agreed to let the Father get probation in spite of his previous problems with the law. The two of them tried to intimidate a witness and they get away with it? No wonder the Prosecution loses witnesses in other cases. Too bad it's not time to elect a new prosecutor. I certainly won't forget this the next time Gains is running again.

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5Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Amazing. Makes absolutely no sense. I called.

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6TB(1167 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

and we wonder why more people don't come forward as witnesses...very sad

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7UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Probation deal so they can get out and do it again. Intimidation of a witness is a serious offense and it needs to be treated as such. There should be jail time. Angeline deserves better then this plea deal. Ring that phone off the hook at the prosecutor's office and lets tell them how this plea deal stinks.

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8Truckerswidow(16 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Threatening to kill a witness. Probation. WTH kind of stuff is this. I will call.

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9dominoman777(57 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

i called

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10walter_sobchak(1831 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Investigators complain that when they get to a crime scene that there are no witnesses. Nobody saw anything. ANd we wonder why! Intimidating witnesses is just as bad as fixing cases and judges taking bribes, in my opinion. Anything that stands in the way of justice being served cannot be tolerated as the system breaks down. These criminals need to spend the max time behind bars. This is outrageous. It's time for a shake-up in the courthouse but our current Prosecutor just got re-elected.

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11ricnsherri(41 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I called. Ever heard of impeachment?

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12Siouxi(122 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I called, too.
This is an outrage. These "parents" should do every moment of the maximum sentence allowed.

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