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Barletto headed back to Pa. to face charges in cop's death

Published: 5/10/13 @ 12:10

The woman is charged in connection with a car accident that killed a police officer.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



The woman charged after an accident that killed a Shenango Township police officer while on duty is now headed back to Pennsylvania for her day in court.

Kylee Barletto, 26, of New Castle, Pa., is accused of fleeing from police May 2 when her vehicle hit a patrol car containing Officer William J. McCarthy IV, who was killed.

Barletto was released Monday from St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown to Mahoning County jail to await her extradition to Pennsylvania.

An extradition hearing took place Thursday afternoon before Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Barletto, flanked by a half-dozen county deputies and her attorneys, Michael Kivlighan of Youngstown and James Ecker of Pittsburgh, was before the judge for about five minutes and chose to waive her right to the hearing.

Judge Evans ordered Barletto to return to the county jail, where she is to be picked up by Pennsylvania authorities no later than Monday.

Barletto appeared distraught throughout the brief hearing and said little. She answered each question from the judge with a simple “yes, sir” or “that is correct, sir.”

Ecker said Barletto has a broken nose, broken ribs and a damaged leg.

“We feel very badly about the two officers in the accident, and I feel bad for my client. ... She is extremely upset,” Ecker said. “She is in very bad shape. ... Today, downstairs [in the courthouse] she was crying hysterically. She is not a happy camper at all.”

The criminal complaint against Barletto says a New Castle police officer began chasing her about 9:50 p.m. after he saw her nearly rear-end a vehicle and swerve into another lane.

Other city police joined the chase, during which Barletto purportedly ran several stop signs before crashing the car she was driving broadside into a cruiser driven by Shenango Township Police Officer Michael Lynch, with McCarthy as a passenger, at Warren Avenue and Cascade Street.

Lynch went to Jameson Hospital in New Castle for treatment of head and other injuries.

Barletto is charged with manslaughter of a law-enforcement officer, homicide by vehicle, fleeing and eluding involving death, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

Ecker said he expects the first hearing on those charges before a Pennsylvania judge to be sometime next week.


Posted by DwightK (anonymous) on May 10, 2013 at 11:20 a.m.

No one cares how she feels.

Posted by redeye1 (anonymous) on May 10, 2013 at 1:34 p.m.

She did it to herself ! She should have stopped

Posted by Lifes2Short (anonymous) on May 10, 2013 at 4:59 p.m.

“She is in very bad shape. ... Today, downstairs [in the courthouse] she was crying hysterically. She is not a happy camper at all.”

And? Who cares! She "needlessly" MURDERED someone, she gets no sympathy whatsoever!

Posted by papa1 (anonymous) on May 10, 2013 at 8:22 p.m.

what a sad story. because of plain stupidity, negligence, I don't know why she took off in her car, a young womans life is over and a good man is dead. so, so sad.

Posted by LtMacGowan (anonymous) on May 10, 2013 at 9:17 p.m.

No its not murder. Murder requires Malice aforethought.

Posted by Lifes2Short (anonymous) on May 11, 2013 at 5:56 a.m.


OK - KILLED a innocent person for no reason whatsoever. Better?