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Man accused in St. Dom’s killing faces charges in separate assault

Published: Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m.

The victim said Houser deserves more time in jail.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


PAPERWORK: Jamar Houser, 19, right, looks over copies of the charges against him with his lawyer, Atty. Michael Villani, in Youngstown Municipal Court. Houser, a suspect in a murder case, was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in Mahoning County jail on unrelated charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damaging.


SUSPECT ARRAIGNED: Jamar Houser, 18, of Volney Road was arraigned by video before Judge Robert Milich of Youngstown Municipal Court on Monday in the shooting death of 80-year-old Angeline Fimognari. Judge Milich set Houser’s bond at $3 million.

YOUNGSTOWN — Jamar Houser, a suspect in a murder case, has been ordered to serve 90 days in the Mahoning County jail on unrelated charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damaging.

Houser, 19, appeared before Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court.

He also is charged with the murder of Angeline Fimognari, 80, of Sheridan Road, in the parking lot of St. Dominic Church on the South Side on Jan. 23.

The jail time Houser received Thursday resulted from an altercation Houser had with Jaa’Bone Kennedy, 58, of Indianola Avenue, before the shooting in the church parking lot took place.

Kennedy, who lives near Houser, said he was walking near Houser’s home in August 2009 when words were exchanged, and Houser threatened to do him bodily harm.

Kennedy and Houser began fighting. Kennedy said he was jumped by a group of Houser’s family and friends. He told the court that he believed Houser was reaching for a gun at one point and that he would be shot.

Kennedy brought his bloodied clothes and broken glasses to the court to demonstrate how badly he was beaten. He told the judge he still has outstanding medical bills.

“I was minding my own business when I was attacked,” he said. “I don’t know why they attacked me.”

Houser, before the hearing, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors amending his assault charge to disorderly conduct. He then pleaded no contest to the disorderly-conduct and criminal-damaging charges, and the judge found him guilty.

When asked by the judge if he had anything to say regarding the situation, Houser simply said, “No, ma’am.”

Judge Kobly made it clear that Houser would be spending some time in jail for the two offenses.

“In my courtroom, if you act like an animal, you are going to be locked in a cage,” she said.

The judge could have sentenced Houser to up to 120 days in jail and fined him up to $950. She gave him the 90-day jail sentence and fined him $140 plus payment of any outstanding medical bills owed by Kennedy.

Kennedy said he is happy to see the matter come before the court, but he believes Houser should have received more jail time for the altercation.

Houser has yet to be indicted on the murder charge.

Frances Cianciola, 42, Houser’s mother, was in the courtroom in support of her son. She is free on $100,000 bond after police say she tried to intimidate a witness against her son in the Fimognari murder case. Cianciola and Houser mouthed words to each other during the hearing, and the mother often smiled at her son.

John Houser, 46, Houser’s father, also is charged with felony retaliation and remains in the county jail with bond set at $250,000.



1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

What a POS Mr. Houser is. Such a fine example of what's wrong in the Y-town among the black community with no family moral values present anywhere.

One has to wonder why the prosecutors agreed to this plea agreement knowing his violance history? When are they gonna do the right thing for the people of Youngstown?

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2ytown3(19 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Thank you DJcolon. Well said. Before Union casts dispersions on an entire race, he should become more informed. Did you know the author of this article is black? Yep...the best writer on this entire site. Look at the difference between his writing, and the writings of others...his story is complete...doesn't leave you asking questions...

Is he terrible too?

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3Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

This animal should be kept in prison for life.

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4oldsouthhighwarrior(24 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

mother in court out on 100k bond how do these people get there bond money

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Unless they have some solid evidence against Jamar Houser on the Fimognari murder he may be a free man after the ninety days that he was given .

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6lynettev(6 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Let's not waste anymore time on this piece of $#!t. Skip the trial-FRY HIS ASS!

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7uf64(7 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

They should castrate him as part of his sentence. Obviously there is a genetic defect in the family and it's a vicious cycle that's going to be repeated. Look at the parents of this man, and how they raised him. What an example! Given the chance to procreate he will end up raising the spitting image of himself to repeat his actions 20 years down the road. Having a child and raising them to be an asset to society is a responsibility that obviously these people have failed at.

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8mrblue(1175 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

It is time for the justice system to do us all a favor and keep this family in prison. These people are criminals and are not going to change and become credits to society. They have no morals.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

These people may be criminals by our standards but our courts dance to the beat of another drummer . Will our system give them all another chance ? I would bet on it .

"Cianciola and Houser mouthed words to each other during the hearing, and the mother often smiled at her son."

Yep, the family that preys together stays together !

PREY : as in to prey upon others . Not to be confused with pray as in praying to God .

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10mrblue(1175 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

The court system better not fail in this case. These people are not ment to live amoung society.

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11CCmom(31 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I'm already feeling that the system is failing, Mom is out on bond? Without any "visible" means of employment she was able to post bond? It's the same old, same old.

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