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Couple plead guilty in Craigslist killing

Posted August 26

Miranda Barbour

— A Pennsylvania couple have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through Craigslist.

Officials say Miranda and Elytte Barbour both pleaded guilty Tuesday in Northumberland County Court in Sunbury. Elytte Barbour had told police they committed the crime because they wanted to kill someone together.

The two originally were charged with first-degree murder. The second-degree murder charge carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, but removes the possibility of a death sentence.

The couple married in Coats, N.C. – they both lived in Harnett County – and moved to Pennsylvania about three weeks before they met up with Troy LaFerrara and killed him on Nov. 11 after Miranda Barbour offered him companionship in exchange for money.

The couple are scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 18 in Northumberland County Court.

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  • jmoxley2010 Aug 27, 4:49 p.m.

    It seems WRAL jumps on the opportunity to report on anything done by a NC resident or former resident. I don't think we should claim these wakos, let PA have them.

  • skidkid269 Aug 27, 3:50 p.m.

    Letting them plea to 2nd degree avoids a lengthy trial, and keeps a really good defense attorney from getting them off completely.

  • jwsawyer Aug 27, 12:35 p.m.

    I guess their sex lives are over.

  • 2tomom Aug 27, 11:12 a.m.

    Crazy, crazy people! Glad they are off the streets...

  • moomoo Aug 27, 9:21 a.m.

    They admitted that they wanted to kill someone together...how do they not get the death penalty... View More

    — Posted by hslice14

    It could be that Pa. has not had an execution since 1999. There are 184 persons on Pa. death row not (181 men and 3 women). Death row inmates are more expensive to keep in prison but I can only assume( yes I know what assume means) that the prosecutor felt the 2nd degree Murder conviction may be "less expensive" to the Commonwealth of Pa. instead of a lengthy and costly trial where the sentence may be life in prison anyway. Historically, states have a "hard time" imposing the death penalty on females. I'm just giving a different perspective--not looking for an argument. But yes the tax dollars will be spent regardless of the sentence handed down.

  • hslice14 Aug 26, 7:48 p.m.

    They admitted that they wanted to kill someone together...how do they not get the death penalty for this? Instead they will be supported by tax dollars for the rest of their lives?

  • jwsawyer Aug 26, 6:36 p.m.

    There are some sick people out there.