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Church murder suspect's parents charged with retaliation

Published: Fri, February 5, 2010 @ 6:55 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — John Houser, 46, and Frances Cianciola, 42, parents of Jamar Houser, the suspect in the Jan. 23 murder of Angeline Fimognari at St. Dominic Church, were arrested this afternoon outside their residence at 2704 Volney Road, on warrants charging them with retaliation.

Detective Sgt. Mike Lambert and members of the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force, who had the house under surveillance, arrested the couple without incident around 2:25 p.m. when they pulled into their driveway.

Police seized a cellular phone from their car as evidence and took Houser and Cianciola to Mahoning County jail, where they remain this evening. The warrants were obtained by city police detectives.

Jamar Houser, 18, who was arrested Jan. 29, is charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in the death of Fimognari, 80, of Sheridan Road, who was fatally shot in the head in her car in the church parking lot after leaving 8 a.m. Mass. Jamar Houser is jailed under $3 million bond.

Capt. Rod Foley, chief of detectives, said the elder Houser and Cianciola made oral threats Thursday in Youngstown to kill a witness in their son’s case. The retaliation charge is a third-degree felony, carrying a possible one to five years in prison.

Their son is set for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Youngstown Municipal Court. No one will be permitted to enter the courtroom after 1:15 p.m.

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