Youngsville Woman Tied To Fentanyl Death Charged

Stephanie S. Kightlinger, 27, of Youngsville, is escorted by City of Warren Police to District Judge Raymond Zydonik’s office Tuesday afternoon for preliminary arraignment on charges including drug delivery resulting in death. P-J photo by Brian Ferry

For the second time in a little over a month, a Warren County resident has been charged with allegedly providing fentanyl to a person who died after taking it.

On Tuesday, Stephanie S. Kightlinger, 27, of Youngsville, was taken to Warren County jail on charges including drug delivery resulting in death.

Kightlinger also was charged with five counts of criminal use of a communication facility, and possession with intent to deliver controlled substances.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, City of Warren Fire Department responded to a Pennsylvania Ave. W. address for a report of a cardiac arrest on Sunday, Dec. 18. The male victim was declared dead at the scene, according to police.

“After the male’s passing, officers were notified that circular blue pills … that had an ‘M’ imprint on them … were found,” according to the affidavit.

The criminal complaint alleges that “Kightlinger did deliver and give suspected fentanyl to another person resulting in death.”

According to the affidavit, Kightlinger used Facebook Messenger “to facilitate a drug transaction.”

After interviews, police were told that “Kightlinger had “purchased and delivered the pills to the deceased male.”

Police interviewed Kightlinger on Jan. 24, according to the affidavit. “The defendant admitted to purchasing and delivering the above pills to the deceased just prior to his death.”

The name of the victim was not released by police nor listed in the court documents.

Kightlinger was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Raymond Zydonik.

Zydonik informed her of the maximum penalties related to the charges – up to 20 years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine on drug delivery resulting in death; up to seven years, and up to a $15,000 fine on each of the criminal use of communication facility charges; and up to 15 years and up to a $250,000 fine for possession with intent to deliver.

Zydonik scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Kightlinger was taken to Warren County jail after failing to post $125,000 bail.

On Friday, Dec. 9, Christian Papalia, 19, of Warren, was charged with drug delivery resulting in death related to an incident the day before. He was taken to Warren County jail after failing to post bail.

After those charges were filed, Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene said, “Fentanyl is in Warren County and being sold to our kids and young adults. It comes in many forms and is often found laced in other drugs. This is causing death to knowing and unsuspecting users at alarming rates around the United States and our small community is not immune.”

“Let me be clear to drug dealers — if you sell fentanyl or other hard drugs in Warren County, we will come after you aggressively with the full force of the law,” Greene said.


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