SUNBURY — Convicted killer Miranda Barbour will remain locked up for life for murdering a Port Trevorton man in 2013 after a judge denied her latest post-conviction relief filing.
Barbour, now 22, was denied by Northumberland County President Judge Charles Saylor on Sept. 6. Barbour asked the judge to reconsider the life sentence she received in 2015 for the brutal stabbing death of 42-year old Troy LaFerrara, in 2013.
LaFerrara was found in an alley behind Catawissa Avenue, on Nov. 11, 2013, after Miranda and Elytte Barbour, 25, both of Selinsgrove, met LaFerrara at the Susquehanna Valley Mall after meeting through a Craigslist ad, according to police.
Miranda Barbour, who acted as her own attorney, filed the paperwork on May 15. She said her sentence is unconstitutional because she can be rehabilitated. She attached a social history, which was documented by psychologist Louise Luck, of New York, claiming Barbour was sexually molested by her uncle who, according to court documents, spent time in prison for the crime in Alaska.
Miranda Barbour claims she began to use drugs, later fell into a depression was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In the filing, she claims to have an IQ of 78 and blames her late mother, Elizabeth Dean, in the court filing saying she has a mental deficiency.
Saylor said Miranda Barbour's request had no merit and denied the request.
In a 2014 interview with The Daily Item, Miranda Barbour claimed to have killed at least 22 people. According to police, there was no evidence that Miranda Barbour's claim was true.
On the night of the homicide, Miranda Barbour asked LaFerrara to get into her red Honda CRV and the two drove to LaFerrara's home in Sunbury. When the two pulled up to LaFerrara's 8th Street home, Elytte Barbour popped out of the back seat from under a blanket and began to choke LaFerrara with a cord while Miranda Barbour stabbed LaFerrara more than 20 times.
The couple then dumped LaFerrara's body in the alley. Miranda Barbour was arrested by Sunbury police Cpl. Travis Bremigen on Dec. 3. Elytte was arrested on Dec. 6, 2013.
Elytte Barbour was also sentenced in 2015 to life in prison without parole for the murder.