Youngsville Woman Charged in Connection With Fentanyl Death

January 25, 2023

WARREN, Pa. – For the second time in just over a month, a Warren County resident has been charged with their alleged involvement in providing fentanyl that led to the death of another individual.

Stephanie S. Kightlinger, 27, of Youngsville, was taken into custody on Tuesday, Jan. 24, on charges that include drug delivery resulting in death, a charge that carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Kightlinger was taken to the Warren County jail after failing to post $125,000 bail.
Kightlinger also stands charged with five counts of criminal use of a communication facility, as well as one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, officers were dispatched to a residence on Pennsylvania Ave. W for a report of cardiac arrest on Dec. 18. Upon arrival, officers and emergency medical technicians observed a male lying on his back deceased.

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

Per the affidavit, officers spoke to multiple individuals, who advised that Setphanie Kightlinger purchased and delivered the pills to the deceased male.

The affidavit also states that Kightlinger used Facebook messenger to facilitate a drug transaction.

A Jan. 24 interview revealed that Kightlinger admitted to purchasing and delivering the pills to the deceased prior to his death.

The name of the victim was not released by police and was not listed in court documents.

Kightlinger was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Raymond Zydonik.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

This is the second case such case of its kind in Warren County in just over a month. On Friday, Dec. 9, Christian Papalia of Warren was charged with drug delivery resulting in death. He was also taken to the Warren County Jail after failing to post bail.


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