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Marletta’s Sentence Stands At Seven Years

Toni Ann Marletta, December 15, 2017

Toni Ann Marletta, the woman who struck and killed 15 year old Marissa Procopio of Atlantic Highlands on Route 36 in Leonardo on July 7, 2015 and left the scene, was sentenced to seven years in State Prison by Judge Vincent N. Falcetano Jr. in Freehold on Friday, December 15,2017.

The sentence is for the same term agreed to by Marletta in a plea agreement in which she admitted to leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in a death and endangering the welfare of minors…Procopio and three teenage girls, including Marletta’s daughter, who were in the car when Marletta killed Procopio. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Hit and Run Child Killer to be Resentenced

UPDATE: Marletta’s resentencing hearing has been rescheduled for 2PM on December 15 in Judge Falcetano’s courtroom.

 

Toni Ann Marletta, the woman who struck and killed 15 year old Marissa Procopio of Atlantic Highlands on Route 36 in Leonardo on July 7, 2015 and left the scene, will be resentenced for the crimes she pleaded guilty to on December 15.

A two-judge panel of the Court’s Appellate Division vacated Marletta’s 7 year sentence for Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident and 4 year sentence for Endangering the Welfare of a Child on October 25, according to a report published by The Monmouth Journal.  The Appellate Court ruled that the Trial Court shall not consider one of the aggravating factors of the case and shall consider two mitigating factors in the resentencing.  The Order did not explain those factors or the reasons for overturning the original sentence because the case is sealed. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 18th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

Marletta Gets Seven Years For Hit and Run Death

Toni Ann Marletta addresses Danielle Procopio-Adams, mother of hit and run victim Marissa Procopio, during her sentencing hearing. Photo by Tom Costello, APP.com

Toni Ann Marletta addresses Danielle Procopio-Adams, mother of hit and run victim Marissa Procopio, during her sentencing hearing. Photo by Tom Costello, APP.com

Freehold- Toni Ann Marletta, the 51 year old Leonarado woman who admitted to the hit and run death of Marissa Procopio, 15, of Atlantic Highlands, was sentenced to seven years in State Prison today by Judge Ronald Reisner in Monmouth County Superior Court.  The seven year sentence for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in a death runs concurrent to her four year sentence for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

Marletta was taken into custody at the conclusion of her sentencing hearing.

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Posted: December 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Marletta blames the victim of her hit and run

Pool photo by Tom Costello, Asbury Park Press

Pool photo by Tom Costello, Asbury Park Press

Toni Ann Marletta, 50, of Leonardo, said “I found that out,” when asked by Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle if she was aware that Marissa Procopio had died as a result of being stuck by the car Marletta was driving on Route 36 on July 7, 2015.

In her allocution, Marletta said that she fled the scene of the accident because she had let her insurance lapse two months earlier.  She admitted asking the children, her daughter and two others, who were passengers in the car not to talk about the accident until she figured out what she was going to do about it.

Marletta pleaded guilty to Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident that resulted in a Death and to two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child this morning before Superior Court Judge Ronald Reisner in Freehold.   Under a plea agreement, the prosecution is recommending a sentence of 7 years for Leaving the Scene and 4 years for Endangering—to be served concurrently.  Marletta will also face fines and a license suspension for motor vehicle infractions including having no insurance.

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Posted: September 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Marletta to plead guilty to hit and run death of Marissa Procopio

Toni Ann Marletta

Toni Ann Marletta in Judge Ronald Reisner’s Court Room, June 20, 2016

FREEHOLD- Toni Ann Marletta, the 50 year old Leonardo woman accused of killing Marissa Procopio, 15, of Atlantic Highlands, in a hit and run incident on Rt 36 on July 8, 2015, accepted a plea offer that carries a seven year sentencing recommendation during a case conference in Judge Ronald Reisner’s Courtroom in Freehold this morning.

Marletta is scheduled to plead guilty to Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident which resulted in a death, a Second Degree Crime, two counts of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child on September 16th in Judge Reisner’s Courtroom. Her sentencing is scheduled for December 2.

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Posted: September 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Hit and Run Driver Pleads Not Guilty To Killing 15 year Old Atlantic Highlands Girl

Toni Ann Marletta

Toni Ann Marletta in Judge Ronald Reisner’s Court Room, June 20, 2016

Toni Ann Marletta, the 50 year old Leonardo woman accused of killing Marissa Procopio, 15, of Atlantic Highlands, in a hit and run incident on Rt 36 last July, pleaded not guilty to Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident which resulted in a death, a Second Degree Crime, two counts of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child this morning during her arraignment in Judge Ronald Reisner’s Courtroom in Freehold.

Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Meghan Doyle told Judge Reisner that the State has offered Marletta a plea deal which carries a 7 year sentence in state prison. Marletta has until September 6, the date of the next case conference, to accept that deal.

Peter M. O’Hara, Esq, Marletta’s defense attorney, said that he would be filing a motion to suppress some the the evidence against his client.

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Posted: June 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hit and Run Driver Pleads Not Guilty To Killing 15 year Old Atlantic Highlands Girl

Hit and Run Driver Had Cocaine and Alcohol In Her System When Arrested

Toni Ann Marletta, photo via facebook

Toni Ann Marletta, photo via facebook

Toni Ann Marletta, the 50 year old women accused of killing Marissa Procopio, 15, of Atlantic Highlands, in a hit and run incident on Route 36 in Leonardo last July, had cocaine and alcohol in her system at the time of her arrest.

Danielle Procopio, Marissa’s mother, said that investigators from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Middletown Police Department shared the results of a toxicology report with her prior to Marletta’s indictment for leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a death, endangering the welfare of a child and other charges.

In an interview with MMM, Danielle said she is frustrated that Marletta is not being charged with vehicular homicide.

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Posted: June 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Middletown Hit and Run Driver Indicted

Toni Marletta photo via facebook

Toni Marletta
photo via facebook

Toni Ann Marletta, the Leonardo woman accused of the hit and run accident that resulted in the death of 15 year old Marissa Procopio last July 8, was indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury on Monday, May 16, according to a copy of the indictment released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Marletta stands charged of one count of Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident which resulted in a death, a Second Degree Crime, two counts of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  The Third Degree Endangering Charges are related to the children who were passengers in the car driven by Marletta when it struck and killed Procopio.  The Second Degree Endangering Charge is related to the deceased teenager, Procopio.

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Posted: May 23rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Year in review: July 2015

Toni Marletta photo via facebook

Toni Marletta
photo via facebook

Marissa Procopio, 15, of Atlantic Highlands was struck and killed on July 7 by a hit and run driver on Rt 36 in the Leonardo section of Middletown. Toni Ann Marletta, 49, of Leonardo was arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident, No Insurance, and other Motor Vehicle offenses on July 15.  Marletta was released from the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on August 4 after Judge Francis Vernoia allowed her to post 10% of her 150,000 bail. She remains free on bail pending trial.

The Procopio family filed a wrongful death suit against Marletta in December.

Leo Cervantesthe owner of Chilango’s Mexican Restaurant in Highlands and LaPlaya in Keansburg, was surprised to see himself featured in Governor Chris Christie’s first television commercial of the 2016 GOP presidential race.  Cervantes was part of Christie’s Hispanic outreach in the 2013 gubernatorial campaign, but said he never heard from the presidential campaign and that he has not decided who to support for president.

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Posted: December 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Year in review: July 2015

Hit And Run Driver Marletta Released On Bail

Toni Marletta photo via facebook

Toni Marletta
photo via facebook

Toni Ann Marletta, the 49 year old Leonardo woman charged in the July 8th hit and run incident which resulted in the death of Marissa Procopio, a 15 year old girl from Atlantic Highlands, was released from the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on Tuesday August 4 after posting $15,000, or 10% of her $150,000 bail.

Marletta was arrested on July 15 and charged with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, Failing to Report a Motor Vehicle Accident, No Insurance, Unsafe Tires and Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident. Her bail was set at $150,000.00 with no 10% option set by Judge Honora O’Brien-Kilgallen of the Monmouth County Superior Court.

Marletta’s bail was modified to allow a 10% option by Judge Francis Vernoia on July 23.  She posted $15,000 on August 4th and was released from custody.

Marletta’s trial date will be set after she is indicted by a Grand Jury.

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Posted: August 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County Life | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hit And Run Driver Marletta Released On Bail