Youngstown man pleads guilty in murder case

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown man pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in the beating death of an elderly man earlier in 2015.

Joseph Faunda, 44, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and aggravated murder and receiving stolen property in connection to the death of 84-year-old Mykola Iwaniuk.

Police found the victim January 21 inside his home on Youngstown’s west side.

Faunda was seen driving the victim’s car following the attack. He is scheduled to be sentenced next Thursday, Oct. 22.

Police said Iwaniuk had been dead for at least a day and had multiple blunt injuries to the back of his head when they found him.

Hours after police found Iwaniuk, as his body was being taken to the coroner’s office for an autopsy, officers found his car a few blocks away in Calvary Cemetery. It was covered with snow on it and may have been there for some time.

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