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Brandon Hosa gets six years in prison for role in Boardman home invasion

Published: Wed, January 9, 2013 @ 2:30 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Brandon Hosa never fired a shot in the 2012 Boardman home invasion that resulted in the death of the man he was with, but he is still responsible for that death and will spend the next six years behind bars.

Police said Hosa, 28, of Canfield, was the getaway driver for Michael A. Spera, 38, of Youngstown, who purportedly broke through the back sliding door and entered a home on Lockwood Boulevard in late October.

Spera was shot multiple times and killed by the homeowner, Kevin Neal, 44.

Neal told police he fired the weapon in self-defense when Spera came at him with a knife. Robert Andrews, an assistant county prosecutor, said Spera continued coming at Neal even after being shot, which is what led to the multiple gunshots.

Hosa, who never entered the home, was initially charged with murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery. He entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors today wherein he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter as well as aggravated robbery.

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