Det. awarded for cold case

The Mahoning County Sheriff’s detective who helped pursue a 39-year-old cold case murder that led to charges filed last week was one of six officers nominated for a statewide award.

Det. Patrick Mondora, 43, was a finalist for the Ohio’s Finest Officer Award, nominated by Sheriff Jerry Greene for his work on the triple murder of Ben, Marilyn and Heather marsh on Dec. 13, 1974.

A reputed Youngstown mobster, James P. Ferrara, was indicted Thursday on aggravated murder charges after Mondora requested the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation re-process finger prints found at the scene.

The system matched the fingerprints to Ferrara, who was serving prison time for a 1983 double-murder in a Columbus suburb.

Mondora is a 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and has been a detective for eight years.

“Although Detective Mondora did not receive the award, Sheriff Greene is extremely proud of his accomplishment of being recognized for such a prestigious award,” Greene said in a statement.

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