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April 16, 2014

DEVELOPING STORY: Driver sentenced to prison in death of police officer Jerry McCarthy

NEW CASTLE — The driver of the car that killed Shenango Township police officer Jerry McCarthy is going to prison.

Kylee Gwen Barletto, 26, pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges and was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.

She also was ordered to pay $925 in fines, according to Anthony J. Krastek, senior deputy attorney general, who prosecuted the case.

Barletto, of 693 Hoover Road, was given credit for 339 days served, having been in the Lawrence County jail since her arrest following the May 2, 2013, traffic accident.

Barletto had been fleeing from New Castle police and failed to stop at an intersection. She struck a Shenango police car, killing McCarthy, who was a passenger, and injuring township officer Michael Lynch, the driver. A New Castle officer had observed Barletto run a stop sign.

Lawrence County Judge J. Craig Cox handed down the sentence before a courtroom overflowing with law enforcement officers.

A full story will be published in Thursday’s edition of the New Castle News.

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