BREAKING | Alleged Struthers shooter could get death penalty

BREAKING | Alleged Struthers shooter could get death penalty

Prosecutors on Thursday suggested Kimonie Bryant killed a 4-year-old boy and shot several others in a hail of gunfire — all for $5,000 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance cash that belonged to one of the victims.

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury has indicted Kimonie Bryant on several aggravated murder charges in the shooting death of 4-year-old Rowan Sweeney.

If convicted on any of his four counts of aggravated murder, each of which include death specifications, Bryant, 24, of Struthers, would be eligible for the death penalty, Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains said during a press conference this afternoon.

“I’d say the killing of a 4-year-old deserves a penalty consistent with that kind of heinous offense,” he said.

Sweeney was asleep on his mother’s lap just before 2 a.m. Sept. 21, when Bryant allegedly barged into the living room of the home at 111 Perry St. and began shooting all the occupants, Gains said.

Prosecutors claim Bryant first shot Andre McCoy, 20, who was seated on a couch next to the entrance of the home. He then allegedly shot Yarnell Green, 30, a resident of the home, as he attempted to flee, then several more times as Green lay on the floor. Bryant then allegedly shot Cassandra Marsicola, 20, who was also in the living room.

Bryant then shot Sweeney’s mother, Alexis Schneider, 22, who was living with Green. She had Sweeney in her lap while sitting on a couch across from the others, Gains said.

Sweeney was shot twice in the head and was killed, Gains said. Schneider sustained gunshot wounds to her left collar bone and breast area.

Prosecutors’ Thursday press conference suggested Bryant was after $5,000 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance funds that, at the time, was on a coffee table between the victims. The money belonged to Green, who was a self-employed barber, Gains said.

“When the police arrived, the victims were there but no cash was on the coffee table,” Gains said.

Bryant faces a total of 14 felony charges, including: four counts of aggravated murder with death specifications; four counts of attempted murder; four counts of felonious assault; and single counts of aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery. All of the charges carry firearm specifications, which would result in additional, mandatory three-year sentences.

Bryant’s charges include certain specifications for prior calculation of the murder, causing the death of a child under the age of 13 and mass murder — the intent to kill two or more people — among others, Gains said.

Those certain specifications on Bryant’s four aggravated murder charges, if convicted, would qualify him for the death penalty.

All the other victims are expected to recover from their wounds, he added.

Bryant turned himself in later that day. He remains in the Mahoning County Jail without bond. He will not plead on the charges until he appears in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

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