'I felt like the justice system had failed': Omaha man charged with murder of convicted sex offender speaks out

"I don't have remorse," he said when asked if he had any regrets. "I know I hurt my kids. I definitely have regrets about what they're going through."


Locked up inside Douglas County Corrections, speaking via video call, James Fairbanks shares his side of the story that landed him in jail.

"Part of me was also angry I was put in this position in the first place," Fairbanks said, "I felt like the justice system had failed, like what was he even doing there?"

Fairbanks is charged with first-degree murder in the death of convicted sex offender Mattieo Condoluci.

Police found Concoluci's body in May.

Fairbanks emailed a confession to KETV Newswatch 7 four days later.

According to Fairbanks, he was searching for a rental where he could live, along with his 12-year-old son, and he decided to look up registered sex offenders in the area.

Fairbanks said Condoluci's address was near an apartment he was interested in. When Fairbanks drove by, he said he saw Condoluci watching children playing, and there was a playground in Condoluci's backyard.

"I was literally ill. I couldn't sleep. I couldn't eat," Fairbanks said, "I was so in knots about the whole thing."

Fairbanks said he went back to the area several times and eventually decided to confront Condoluci.

"I decided to go back and basically threaten him. I drove to his house. I pulled up. I was walking up to his front door. I don't know if he seen me coming or what he was doing but anyway, he opened up his door as I was approaching, and I pulled out my gun and told him to back up. He backed up into the house," Fairbanks said.

Fairbanks said he began to stutter after he noticed a purse and thought someone else may be in the house.

"At that point, he just came forward. He's a big man," Fairbanks said, "I started shooting as soon as he started coming forward."

Fairbanks said he left the house, expecting his arrest was imminent but hours passed and nothing happened.

"For a little while I thought 'hey I'll get away with this,' I can do this. I can just get rid of everything and just pretend like it never happened. That didn't sit right with me," he said.

Fairbanks said he did send an email to KETV Newswatch 7, which arrived four days after the shooting. Police arrested him the day after that. Fairbanks explained why he sent the email.

"I didn't want ... the fact that he was a two-time sex offender with a playground in the backyard, and what I had seen, just kind of get swept under the rug," Fairbanks said.

"I don't have remorse for Mr. Condoluci," Fairbanks said when asked if he has regrets about what happened, or if he feels remorse. "Sorry, I'm going to get emotional. I know I hurt my kids. I definitely have regrets about what they're going through."

Supporters rallied behind him with an online campaign titled Freedom for James Fairbanks.

Fairbanks said he hopes his motive and Condoluci's background will play a role in the trial.

"I don't believe that charge or a murder charge, a jury will convict me of, I honestly don't," he said.

Fairbanks has been employed by Omaha Public Schools in the past and said he worked with some children who were victims of abuse.

Fairbanks said he spoke with KETV Newswatch 7 against the advice of his lawyer because he wants to start a conversation about changes to sex offender laws.

He would like to see mandatory minimum sentences for sex offenders and stricter rules when repeat offenders reenter society.

"Once you do it a second time, like Mr. Condoluci had, you don't get a third time. You don't get another chance to move into the neighborhood. Whether you're in prison for the next 20-25 years or they come up with a housing situation where they house 20 guys in a house. A sex offender house," Fairbanks said.