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NEW CASTLE, Pa. - It was a day of painful remembrance for the family of a Shenango Township officer who was killed in the line of duty. 

After a year of indescribable, emotional pain Chris McCarthy talked about her father, "I'm still working to fully wrap my head around it, but that was just the kind of guy my dad was he was loved, and everything he touched was good."

In May of 2013, the New Castle Police Department was chasing a red Pontiac Sunfire that was driving erratically, driven by Kylee Barletto, 27.  During the chase, Shenango Township police officers, William "Jerry" McCarthy and Michael Lynch responded, as well. 

Barletto's car crashed into a police cruiser at Warren and Cascade Street.  The crash killed 59-year-old McCarthy, while Officer Lynch was injured and taken to the hospital.

"The one thing that really stood out is that everyone spoke so highly of Officer McCarthy. He was just revered up here and that was the a great loss. Once again, he was a forgiving man and people said that as well," said Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Krastek.

In court Wednesday, Barletto agreed to a plea bargain, which found her guilty of several charges including manslaughter of a law enforcement officer, homicide by vehicle, and fleeing an officer.

"From day one, she wanted to be punished for her actions, but in order to do that we have to go through the process and we did," said Phil DiLucente, Criminal Defense Attorney.

Barletto had no previous criminal background and was sentenced to serve five to ten years in prison. 
 
"I think she was truly remorseful and gracious to stand up there herself and to say what she did and it was much appreciated," said McCarthy.

 

 

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