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St. Dom murder suspect indicted

Published: Fri, March 5, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.




Jamar Houser


SOMBER GATHERING: Three carnations mark the spot at St. Dominic Church where Angeline Fimognari would sit during Mass. The Most Rev. George Murry, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, led an 8 a.m. Mass on Wednesday for Fimognari, 80, who was shot and killed Saturday morning outside the church.

Jamar Houser could face the death penalty if convicted of shooting an elderly woman in the parking lot of a South Side church and stealing her handbag earlier this year.

A Mahoning County grand jury handed up an indictment Thursday against Houser, 19, of Volney Road, charging him with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and being a convicted felon in illegal possession of weapon. The charges have death-penalty specifications.

Houser is charged with murder in the Jan. 23 killing of Angeline Fimognari, 80, of Sheridan Road, in the parking lot of St. Dominic Church on the South Side. Fimognari was shot in the head. Her purse was missing, leading police to believe she was a victim of a robbery turned deadly.

Houser has been in the county jail since his Jan. 29 arrest on a $3 million bond set by Judge Robert Milich of Youngstown Municipal Court.

Houser also is in the jail serving 90 days on unrelated charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damaging stemming from a confrontation with a neighbor before the Fimognari shooting.

The jail time resulted from an altercation Houser had with Jaa’Bone Kennedy, 58, of Indianola Avenue.

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 municipal court that he believed Houser was reaching for a gun at one point and that he would be shot.

Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court ordered Houser to serve the 90-day sentence.

The case is further complicated by the reported actions of Houser’s family members.

His parents have been indicted on felony retaliation charges for reportedly threatening a witness against their son.

John Houser, 46, and Frances Cianciola, 42, were arrested outside their residence on Volney Road on warrants charging them with retaliation. John Houser also is in the county jail on a $250,000 bond. Cianciola is free on a $100,000 bond.


1mrblue(1175 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

This is an animal that needs to be put out of his misery. He does not deserve a trial for this senseless crime. Take a look at his parents---,two more that need to be removed from society.

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2uf64(7 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Every time I read about this piece of garbage and his refuse of a family my blood begins to boil. This piece of excrement murders this helpless women at a church of all places, and his worthless parents (the subhuman animals that bore him) go after another decent human being who is willing to come forward and put this animal away for life. Let's hope he gets a needle in his arm and save the taxpayers alot of money. As for the pigs that brought this garbage into this world they deserve to spend some quality time in the cell right next to their little boy. Maybe being locked in a cage for a decade or so will limit their chances of bearing more murders and influencing the minds of any other youths they might come in contact with. I praise the individual who came forward, it takes courage and if we all stick together and stand up against animals like this Ytown will only get better.

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3Millerh113(208 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

So he had a fight with Jaa Bone Kennedy? I think I went to school with his brother, Nee Bone, or was it Kolar Bone, I forget. The sister's name was Pika Bone.

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