Defendant accused of killing 4-year-old Struthers boy faces possible death penalty

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Kimonie Bryant faces aggravated murder and other charges

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Mahoning County grand jury has indicted a man on murder charges for the death of 4-year-old Rowan Sweeney in Struthers as well as the shootings of four others.

Kimonie Bryant, 24, faces four counts of aggravated murder charges, four counts of attempted murder charges, four counts of felonious assault, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of aggravated robbery charges.

Bryant faces a potential death penalty if convicted of an aggravated murder charge.

On Thursday, Prosecuting Attorney Paul Gains laid out what he’ll present in court to prove Bryant did it. He also went over the details of the shooting.

At 1:51 a.m. on Sept. 21, an armed man entered 111 Perry St. All the victims were seated in the living room.

Andre McCoy was shot first. Yarnell Green, Jr., who was sitting next to McCoy, was then shot as he was trying to flee. The shooter then shot at Green as he laid on the floor.

Cassandra Marsicola was sitting on a kitchen chair in the room when she was then shot three times.

The shooter then shot Rowan twice in the head as he slept with his feet on his mother’s lap. His mother, Alexis Schneider, was then shot in the left collar bone and breast area.

Atty. Gains also said it was well known that Green, a self-employed barber, had received thousands of dollars in federal pandemic relief money.

“Approximately $5,000 in cash remaining from the check was on the coffee table, which was located between the two couches in the living room. The intruder fled the scene and one of the victims was able to call 911 from a cell phone. When the police arrived the victims were there but no cash,” Gains said.

Gains confirmed Bryant was identified as the shooter but would not go into detail about who or how many people identified him.

Bryant is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Tuesday, remotely, before Judge Maureen Sweeney.

McCoy is critical but stable as of Wednesday and the other three victims are expected to recover.

A service for Rowan is scheduled for Monday. He would have turned 5 years old this Sunday.

Rowan Brandon Sweeney Obituary

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