A 21-year-old woman, who admitted trying to impede a murder investigation by falsely telling Liberty and Youngstown police her car was stolen, has been sentenced to a year’s probation.
Kayla Cain, who apologized in court for her actions, drew the sentence Thursday from Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court after both prosecuting and defense lawyers recommended probation. Cain, who has a 4-month-old child and lives in Warren, has no prior criminal record.
Cain had pleaded guilty as charged Sept. 27 to two felony counts of obstructing justice by falsely reporting her car, in which the prosecution said the shooter fled the East Side murder scene, had been stolen from a Liberty retail store parking lot.
Cain’s fianc , David Figueroa, 28, was acquitted by a jury last month of aggravated murder in the death of Emmanuel Izquierdo, 31, whose body was found on North Lane Avenue on April 21, 2010, with 24 gunshot wounds.
In Figueroa’s trial, Cain testified that Figueroa was with her at their North Garland Avenue residence when Izquierdo was fatally shot.
A state parole officer, who heard the gunshots, reported seeing Cain’s car flee the scene, and police said they later found that car abandoned on Grandview Avenue with gunshot residue on its steering wheel and Figueroa’s identification card inside.
Federal drug-law enforcement agents saw that car on North Lane Avenue before the shooting and believed it was involved in a drug transaction, said Jennifer McLaughlin, an assistant county prosecutor.
Judge Durkin told Cain he hopes, for her child’s sake, that she has “separated from that group of people and that lifestyle.”
If she violates terms of her probation, she could be sent to prison for up to five years on each count, the judge warned.