For Immediate Release - November 15, 2013

Saugus Woman Sentenced to 4-5 Years for Leaving the Scene

Steffany Barbanti, 26, will serve 4-5 years in state prison for leaving the scene of personal injury or death in connection with the 2010 hit-and-run that killed an eighty-one year old man.  A jury found the defendant guilty on October 3, 2013.  Judge Timothy Feeley also imposed a $1000 fine at today’s sentencing hearing in Salem Superior Court.

In her sentencing argument, Essex Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Kirshenbaum, who requested a 4-5 year sentence, stated that Ms. Barbanti ignored the victim’s family’s repeated pleas to come forward and that she remained “at-large” for 2 years after she struck Mr. Agganis while he crossed Central Street in Saugus on January 28, 2010.  Since that time, she involved others in her attempt to conceal the truth.  “Her apology today is entirely inconsistent with her testimony, demeanor and character,” Kirshenbaum said.  “The time for mercy and forgiveness has passed.”

“This sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime and the callousness of the defendant toward the family of the victim,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.  “The friends and family of Christos Agganis could have been spared much grief and suffering had the defendant taken responsibility for her actions.  I hope that this sentence provides Mr. Agganis’ family with some degree of comfort.”

                Barbanti was represented at sentencing by Attorney Elliot Weinstein and was given 43 days of credit.