St. Dom suspect’s parents arrested on retaliation charges

They threatened to kill witness in case, police say

staff report

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 Friday 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 at about 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 remained Friday evening pending their initial appearance Monday in municipal court. 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 Figmonari, 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.

A preliminary hearing for Jamar Houser is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday before Judge Robert P. Milich under tight security in Youngstown Municipal Court. No one will be permitted to enter the courtroom after 1:15 p.m.

Based on testimony at that hearing, Judge Milich will determine whether there’s enough evidence to establish probable cause that Jamar Houser committed the crimes against Fimognari. If he determines that the evidence is sufficient, he will bind Jamar Houser’s case over to the Mahoning County grand jury for possible indictment.

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