James Fairbanks Bio – Wiki
James Fairbanks is a middle school employee in Omaha, Nebraska who is accused of shooting a registered sex offender to death to stop the man from reoffending and confessing about it on Facebook.
Fairbanks now stands accused of homicide in the death of Mattieo Condoluci, 64. Condoluci was found deceased at his Omaha home.
He 43 years old.
Fairbanks Accused of Murdering Registered Sex Offender
An Omaha man accused of fatally shooting a registered sex offender probably was acting on his instincts to protect children, his former wife said Tuesday.
James P. Fairbanks, 43, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of criminal homicide in the death of 64-year-old Mattieo Condoluci, who was found dead in his home at 4305 Pinkney St.
Fairbanks, a now-suspended Omaha Public Schools employee, was booked Tuesday into the Douglas County Jail and is awaiting his first appearance before a judge.
Fairbanks is accused of writing a letter to the news media confessing that he killed Condoluci after noticing he had a playground set in his backyard and researching his history. The message was also left on the Omaha Scanner Facebook page.
Condoluci had a Twitter page with one rambling tweet in the name Matt’s Ministry.
A press release from the Omaha Police Department confirmed that “Homicide Detectives have made an arrest. The suspect was booked into Douglas County Corrections for Criminal Homicide. Suspect/Arrested: FAIRBANKS, James (10/25/76).”
According to the release, on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 11:15 a.m., officers “responded to 4305 Pinkney St for a shooting call. Upon arrival, officers found an adult male deceased. Homicide Detectives are investigating.” The victim’s identity was given as “CONDOLUCI, Mattieo W/M (12/14/55).”
He was worked at the middle school alternative school Secondary Success Program. Before that, he worked in “behavioral intervention” at another middle school, Omaha World-Herald reported.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Fairbanks went through a bitter divorce during which his ex-wife, Kelly Tamayo, sought multiple protection orders for things like threatening text messages.
They have children ages 12 and 17.
“We are all in shock, to say the least,” Tamayo told the newspaper. “Jim is a protector. He has worked with vulnerable kids his entire career. He took it very personally to protect his kids and other kids from (sex) offenders like that man was.” She told the newspaper she thinks Fairbanks was “overwhelmed by the thought that this man was going to offend again.”
According to KETV, Conduluci was shot near the front door of his home. The victim’s son defended him to the television station, saying Condoluci became a minister and adding, “The guy didn’t know my dad. He didn’t know anything about him all, he knew was stuff that he’s seen online.”
However, Condoluci’s daughter, Amanda Henry of Omaha, told the Kearney Hub that her dad’s killer should get only probation, saying, “Murdering my dad was a horrible thing,” she said. “But children are much safer now, any other child he could have hurt is much safer.”
Henry also wrote a comment on the Free James Fairbanks Facebook page. “Along with mine and many others. yes it hurts because that monster was my dad but right is right and wrong is wrong and he was so very wrong,” she wrote.