The man cleared of a death-penalty eligible murder charge in the fatal shooting of an 80-year-old woman outside a Youngstown church in 2010 is facing prison time for intimidating a witness in his dismissed murder case.
Jamar Houser, 22, now of Columbus, was indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury on a third-degree felony retaliation charge. The charge carries a three-year maximum prison sentence.
Mahoning County Prosecutor Rebecca Doherty said Houser threatened the same man his father threatened during his son’s case. John Houser, 48, was sentenced to one year in prison for threatening the man.
Jamar Houser is currently on probation on the charges, Doherty said.
John Houser tried to run the man off the road after a confrontation Feb. 6, 2012, reports said. The man told police he witnessed the murder. Reports said he was at a 2637 Glenwood Ave. gas station when Houser threatened him, then chased him in his car and tried to run him off the road.
Officers found a crack pipe in John Houser’s pocket that day, reports said.
John Houser eventually pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and was sentenced to one year in prison. John Houser was also convicted of attempting to intimidate a witness in 2010.
Jamar Houser was accused of killing 80-year-old Angeline Fimognari in the parking lot of St. Dominic’s Church on Jan. 23, 2010, during a robbery attempt.
Investigators learned after two years that Duane Colvin, 32, killed Fimognari when they exhumed Colvin’s body and matched his palm print to one found on Figmognari’s car.
Prosecutors said DeWaylyn Colvin, 31, who prosecutors allege ordered four people killed to solidify his position as one of the area’s top drug dealers, told police Duane Colvin murdered Fimognari.
Duane Colvin was fatally shot Sept. 24. His body was found in a field on Ferndale Avenue and the murder is unsolved.