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St. Dom suspect’s parents arrested on retaliation charges

Published: Sat, February 6, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

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.


1reggie(30 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

i understand loving your child and trying to protect him and all, i can't even imagine what i would do if my son killed a 80 yr. old woman that way for a few bucks or any amount for that matter, but to be just as low life as your son, i see where he gets it. sorry to say, but to threaten people who are only telling the truth and trying to make the community better is wrong. how disfunctional this family is. pure violence runs through all of you. he was wrong. i would support my son and be as any mom would and go see him in prison and all that terrible stuff, but to want to kill or threaten to kill other people, you deserve to be locked up. hopefully you don't have any other chldren that you have ruined! because what i see is what they were taught and see at home he also does! you are showing him he did nothing wrong or that you will get even for the people who were only honest!SHAME ON YOU PARENTS!!!

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2Ytown_born_and_bred(27 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I agree with you Reggie. I cannot believe that these adults have the nerve to utter any type of threat to a witness. What they need to be doing is threatening their own child that did this. And if he didn't do it, he still needs his behind tore up for keeping company of any animals that would commit such a horrid act. What the heck were they teaching him anyway? What did the parents not have money or something, I mean I know times are hard, but that is crazy! A prime example of why stupid people should not reproduce!

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago


The first skirmish was when Jamar Houser killed the woman at St. Dominics . Society retaliated by arresting Jamar and putting him in jail . Next the parents of Jamar threaten the witnesses and they are put in jail . Is this the end ? Not by a long shot ! Friends of the Housers will join in the fray . Will the city be forced to clean up all of the subculture on the Southside ? If they don't civilization in the whole city will be at risk . Toleration of the subculture has its limits before society implodes .

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4sue(176 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like the apple didn't fall too far from the tree. Maybe the state of Ohio can get a group discount for a 3 for 1 execution.

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5mischa1(4 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

You are innocent until proven guilty, but as parents the first thing on the agenda would be to establish if he did it, hopefully you have open communication with your son and he will open up to you. I would then tell him if he did it, that he now needs to man up and do the right thing and not let this poor family suffer anymore than they have already.and if as parents you are just encouraging this behavior by threatening witnesses, then I am sorry, but you also need to be punished under the statutes of the law. what a shame!!!

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6Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Nothing but animals!

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7JIMANDERSON(13 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

The apple does'nt fall far from the tree does it?

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8Celeste(15 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Jimanderson-- I think you meant to say "the paper doesn't fall far from the crap"--- I cleaned it up!

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

lumpy :

"saw their photo in the paper.they are ugly"

Yep ! I agree ! Francis looks like a guy . Was Jamar adopted ?

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10Nunya22(315 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

I heard his mother have a history of making threats to people smh@ this family.

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11Conservatism_Will_Prospers(91 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Can anyone tell me why law enforcement was created please? Ok let me enlighten you... Law Enforcement was created for the common good of the community. The main reason that Police forces were created is because the common public was afraid to stand up for their selves so they designated a sheriff to do their dirty work. I guess what I am trying to say is that there will always be crime. We can blame Mayor Jay Williams and our hard working police force all we want to. The truth of the matter is crime will not rest until we the people make a stand for ourselves. Everyone can complain but are all of you willing to make a stand for your freedoms and safety instead of relying upon a reactionary force? You people can blame who ever you want for these malicious crimes but the truth is, it takes a community to put a stop to it. Until the community is willing to be resilient against crime, these malicious acts will continue. Lets stop the blame and start taking responsibility for our community!!

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

The Housers are just your nornal everyday people in the subculture who have interacted with the law . Survival on the Southside is not easy . You are either a victim or a active componet in the social structure . One has to realize that their world is not your world . Some of us would describe their situation as a malignancy . They have their own rules and ours may not be applicable to them .

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13cambridge(3189 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

All of you who want to put a label on what is the cause of criminal behavior and what the solutions are, are making a something simple into something complicated.

Some people aspire to be criminals. They are criminals because that's what they want to be. They know it's against the rules of society. They don't care.

As for the solution. It's simple. Criminals need to be locked up. Before this guy was caught I said he would have a long arrest record and a history of second chances. I have to believe that everyone else that read the original story thought the same thing. The fact is this guy shouldn't have even been on the streets. He fired a weapon into an occupied house. How is that not attempted murder?

Like I've said before. Stop the plea bargaining and sentence people for the actual crime they commit and stop giving people multiple second chances. A small percentage of people commit a large percentage of the crimes. Just keep them locked up.

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

The treatment that the Housers receive could have some long term effects on the social structures of the Southside . The lifestyles in the area are not well connected with mainstream society . The Housers could be considered a pillar of the social structure in the area . A mother and father household with children shows stability . The prime factor that put this family unit into disarray was interaction with law authorities .

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15Conservatism_Will_Prospers(91 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

The focus of my previous comment was that criminals see us "law abiding citizens" as fair game. It is time for our community to stand up for one another to fight against crime in partnership with law enforcement. Law enforcement cannot fight crime on their own. I am not specifically pin pointing the Housers, but I am pointing out that these malicious acts will continue as long as the community allows. Some people say that we are a product of our society, well if that is the case then look at what "We" have created! It is time to stand up against crime! The citizens of Youngstown need to become much more involved than just posting a few comments.

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