Murder suspect’s parents indicted

By Peter H. Milliken

The intimidation charge carries a possible prison term of one to five years.

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury has indicted the parents of Jamar Houser, the suspect in the Jan. 23 murder of Angeline Fimognari at St. Dominic Church, on a charge of intimidation of a witness in a criminal case.

John Houser Sr., 46, and Frances Cianciola, 42, of Volney Road, were indicted Thursday on the third- degree felony charge, which carries a possible prison term of one to five years.

The Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force arrested them last Friday outside their residence, the day after police said they made oral threats in Youngstown to kill a witness in their son’s case.

In municipal court, where they initially appeared by video Monday from county jail, Judge Elizabeth Kobly set John Houser’s bond at $250,000 and Cianciola’s at $100,000, and appointed lawyers for them.

In municipal court, John Houser said he had no income and was released from jail less than 24 hours before being arrested on the new charge.

Prosecutors told Judge Kobly the elder Houser’s criminal record includes aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and domestic violence.

Cianciola told Judge Kobly she receives only public assistance for her grandchild; and prosecutors said she has no prior criminal record.

Jamar Houser, 18, of Volney Road, who was arrested Jan. 29 on the city’s South Side, is charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in the death of Fimognari, 80, of Sheridan Road, who was shot in the head in the church parking lot after she left a church service.

On Monday, Jamar Houser waived his preliminary hearing before Judge Robert P. Milich of Youngstown Municipal Court and was bound over to the county grand jury. However, the grand jury has not returned any indictment against Jamar Houser, who was jailed under $3.1 million bond.

Others indicted Thursday were:

UMichael J. Romeo, 46, of Coitsville Road, Campbell, tampering with evidence.

UKaren Rogers-Sharp, 51, of Hazel Street, Girard, cocaine possession.

UEric Pendland, 28, of Martin Luther King Boulevard or Chalmers Avenue, aggravated robbery and kidnapping with firearm specifications.

UDarren Boatwright, 39, of Neilson Avenue, cocaine possession.

UDerek S. Sharpe, 32, of North Evanston Avenue, drug possession.

UJoe Popio, 40, of Price Road, cocaine possession.

UBilly Gray Jr., 43, of Market Street, cocaine possession.

UNicholas Calloway, 30, of Hollywood Avenue, four counts of burglary and one count of receiving stolen property.

The grand jury declined to indict Oliverio Bulmaro-Ojeda-Hipolito, 24, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on a forgery charge and Jacob Peterson, 27, of Bandy Road, Alliance, on an attempted-theft charge.

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