Man charged in shooting death of sex offender in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a registered sex offender.

James Fairbanks, 43, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony in the death of 64-year-old Mattieo Condoluci. He was ordered held without bail.

Condoluci’s body was found Saturday after officers responded to reports of a shooting.

Authorities have said Fairbanks wrote an anonymous email to Omaha news media saying he had shot Condoluci because he was a sex offender.

Condoluci’s name was on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry, which listed offenses in Florida and Nebraska.

Fairbanks has received support online, including from Condoluci’s daughter and the mother of a boy Condoluci was convicted of molesting in Florida in 1993, The Omaha World-Herald reported.

Chief Deputy Douglas County Attorney Brenda Beadle has said the law does not allow vigilante justice.