Man indicted in Boardman home invasion

Staff report


A Mahoning County grand jury has indicted a Canfield man accused of being the driver in a Boardman home invasion in which one man was killed.

The grand jury handed up the murder indictment against Brandon Hosa, 28, on Thursday.

Hosa, who listed an address on Edenrock Avenue, is accused of being the getaway driver Oct. 30 for Michael A. Spera, 38, of Youngstown, who purportedly broke through the back sliding door and entered 5011 Lockwood Blvd., where he was shot and fatally injured by the homeowner.

The homeowner, Kevin Neal, 44, told police he fired the weapon in self-defense when Spera came at him with a knife, according to reports.

An official with the Mahoning County Coroner’s office ruled Spera’s death a homicide and said the Youngstown man suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Under Ohio law, all participants in a felony can be charged with murder if a homicide occurs, which is why Hosa is charged with murder, even though he did not fire a weapon.

Neal and Spera had a history, with Neal seeking a civil-protection order after saying that Spera threatened him multiple times, authorities said.

Hosa also was indicted on charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and robbery.

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