Accomplice in Boardman shooting faces murder charge

BOARDMAN — Brandon Hosa, 28, of Canfield has been charged with murder, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and complicity to aggravated burglary in connection with Tuesday's shooting.

Hosa was the getaway driver in the home invasion at 5011 Lockwood Blvd., according to police.

Hosa's accomplice, Michael A. Spera, 38, of Boardman, was shot fatally by the homeowner, Kevin Neal. Spera was in the kitchen when he was shot multiple times in the torso. Neal told police he shot Spera in self defense.

Police reports indicate that Neal had filed reports in the past of Spera threatening him. Neal is not facing any charges at this time.

Neal told policy Spera came at him with a knife, which was found near Spera's body.

The incident took place at about about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. During the home invasion, Hosa appeared to be waiting in a green Dodge car, police said.

Watch and see Thursday's Vindicator for more on this developing story.

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