OMAHA, Neb. —When “Jay” first heard the motive behind Mattieo Condoluci’s death, he immediately feared for the safety of his family.
“We’re sitting ducks,” he said.
Prosecutors believe James Fairbanks sent KETV Newswatch 7 an anonymous email about killing Condoluci. The sender said he had been looking for an apartment in the area when he discovered Condoluci on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry. The sender described Condoluci as standing in his driveway pretending to wash his truck while staring at a group of children playing in the street, making him “sick to his stomach.” Fairbanks’ ex-wife calls Fairbanks a “protector.”
Jay is a registered sex offender. He’s worried the homicide will encourage vigilante crimes.
“You don’t go out there and take it into our own hands and murder and take the life of somebody else because you weren’t happy with the judgement that was made,” he said.
Jay said he did not know Condoluci and he’s not defending him.
“Yes, he did some pretty rotten stuff,” Jay said. “It was horrible, horrible stuff. But to say he didn’t deserve a second shot and he was trying to prove himself as a godly man, maybe he was a godly man. We don’t know that. He doesn’t have the opportunity to speak for himself now.”
Condoluci’s son, Joseph, told KETV Newswatch 7 his dad changed after prison and became a minister.
“I believe he was doing what he could to turn his life around,” said Joseph Condoluci. “Who is to say what it takes to turn your life around from that?”