Woman sentenced in police officer death

SHENANGO TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WKBN) – A Lawrence County woman was sentenced Wednesday for causing the death of a Shenango Township police officer.

Kylee Gwen Barletto, 26, was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison for crashing into a police cruiser, killing Officer William “Jerry” McCarthy last May. She will also pay a $925 fine.

Officer Michael Lynch, 35, suffered serious injuries in the accident.

Barletto apologized in court to the McCarthy family and to her own family.

McCarthy’s widow and sister issued an impact statement. His step-son and two other children also addressed the court at sentencing.

Prosecutors said Barletto was fleeing police officers and driving erratically when she crashed into McCarthy’s cruiser.

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Barletto told investigators she “did something stupid” and never stopped because she had a suspended license, according to the criminal complaint. She also told investigators something was wrong with her car and was unable to stop.

New Castle police tried to pull Barletto over for erratic driving when she slowed down and then sped away, the criminal complaint says. Several officers chased her. McCarthy and Lynch were working in nearby Shenango Township and drove on a parallel road to try and cut Barletto off and lay down spike strips to stop the chase.

Barletto turned abruptly and struck McCarthy’s side of the cruiser at the intersection of Cascade Street and Warren Avenue in New Castle. The impact pushed the cruiser about 200 feet into another police car.

A friend of Barletto’s said she and Barletto were talking on the phone at the time of the crash.

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