Update: Man Charged In Crash That Killed Potsdam Couple

MGN Online


A 20 year old Franklin County man is charged in a motor vehicle crash that killed two Potsdam residents and critically injured a third.

State police say Trevor Sisto of Fort Covington was the driver of the pickup that slammed head-on into the compact car 42 year old James Barney was driving on State Route 86 in Ray Brook.

Barney and 38 year old Kim Barney were killed. A passenger in the back seat, 11 year old Emily Colby, was taken to a Vermont hospital, where she was listed in serious condition around noon Friday.

James and Kim Barney were husband and wife, 7 News reporter John Friot reported Friday afternoon.

James Barney was a corrections officer at Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone. Barney was hired by the Department of Corrections in December 1994 and was promoted to sergeant in July 2012  while at Riverview Correctional Facility in Ogdensburg. Barney has been at Bare Hill Correctional facility in Malone since February 2013.

State police charged Sisto with first degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Sisto was also ticketed for reckless driving, failure to keep right and speeding.

Lake Placid police also charged him with first degree attempted assault, reckless endangerment, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, leaving the scene of a personal injury motor vehicle accident, reckless driving, and several vehicle and traffic violations.

Sisto was arraigned in village of Lake Placid and town of North Elba courts. He was taken to Essex County Jail on $100,000 bail or $200,000 bond.

He is a 2011 graduate of Salmon River Central School.

Police told Friot he has a lengthy criminal record, including being charged with the alleged rape of a State University of New York at Plattsburgh in her residence hall in the fall of 2011 when he was 18. He pleaded guilty to forcible touching in a plea bargain with Clinton County prosecutors and was sentenced to six months in jail.

Sisto was also one of four people charged with burglary, reckless endangerment and harassment in the Town of Moira in 2012 and eventually pleaded guilty to second degree reckless endangerment and placed on three years probation.

His most recent brush with the law prior to Thursday's deadly accident  happened in May when Malone police charged him with possession of marijuana.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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