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.

The plea deal was offered to Marletta by Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Meghan Doyle at her arraignment on June 20th.  It was set to expire today.

Marletta was arrested on July 15 last year, one week after Procopio has struck and killed on Route 36 in the Leonardo section of Middletown. She was charged at the time 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.  She was incarcerated in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $150,000 bail with no 10% option, as set by Judge Honora O’Brien-Kilgallen.  Marletta was released from MCCI on August 4 after Judge Francis Vernoia allowed her to post 10% of her 150,000 bail. She remains free on bail with the condition she not drive.

Danielle and Marissa Procopio

Danielle and Marissa Procopio

Procopio was crossing the Route 36 at the intersection of Ave D at approximately 8:25 pm when she was stuck by a light grey compact car traveling west.  The car fled the scene before police arrived.  Marissa was transported via Medivac helicopter to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.  She succumbed to her injuries at 3:46 p.m. on July 9.

A review of videotape of the accident provided by local business owner Michael D’Alessio resulted in the Middletown Police announcing that the vehicle which struck Marissa was driven by Marletta.

Following Marletta’s indictment last May, 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.  The report indicated that Marletta had cocaine and alcholol in her system when she was tested following the accident, but the state’s expert could not conclusively say that the substances were in her system at the time of the hit and run incident.

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


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

7 Comments on “Marletta to plead guilty to hit and run death of Marissa Procopio”

  1. Heather Lee said at 4:44 pm on September 6th, 2016:

    Toni Marlette should get the extreme max for killing and taking away young Marrissa’s life . Why shouldn’t the court see this ? Cocaine & alcohol found in this woman’s blood . She is still here and Marrissa is in her grave and can never see her mom and love ones ever again .

  2. Danielle procopio said at 8:00 pm on September 6th, 2016:

    Thanks momma 🙂

  3. Lillyane said at 9:31 pm on September 6th, 2016:

    Ppl get longer in jail for pot which should be legal! I don’t get the legal system! Smdh

  4. Anna said at 3:41 am on September 7th, 2016:

    She was caught and she will pay her time. She may not pay what you deem fit . I think now you need to leave it in God’s hands. No amount of punishment will bring your daughter back. She will think about this for the read of her life. It is in the public and no where she goes can she hide from what she had done. Her hardest thing now is to make it right between God and herself. You do not know what that requires of her so let God handle it from now on. You do not need her to sit in jail for lode or even get death penalty.you need pray for her and yourself, that you can forgive her. It’s most important for you to do this.your daughter is in heaven and I’m sure forgave her and is at peace. Try to be at peace yourself now. She is caught and will life with this on her conscience for the rest of her life and that is punishment worse than doing 5 yrs and then getting out. This is lifetime.she needs your forgiveness when you can and you’re prayers for this will bribing your healing.
    God bless.

  5. Melissa said at 7:35 am on September 7th, 2016:

    You know we can all leave a message here on what should happen and what shouldn’t we aren’t the ones who lost a daughter to sit there and say forgive her for what she did that heartless bitch didn’t even stop to see if that girl was alright if she was hurt or needed help are you kiddy me forgive her hell no she is dead wrong and I hope like hell she gets everything she deserves in jail karma is a bitch

  6. Angela said at 9:33 am on September 7th, 2016:

    How dare anyone tell the grieving mother of the beautiful girl that was murdered, “she should pray for herself to be able to forgive the murderer”. Do you realize the magnitude of Marletta’s crime? Extremely drunk and high on coke, she not only killed someone’s precious child on impact and without calling 911, left her on the side of the road, like trash! Marletta then proceeded home where “she says” she continued drinking and drugging and thus plotted her defense. She is a SPECIAL kind of cruel and the ONLY thing she seemingly cares about, is saving her own skin! Since the justice system has horribly failed Marissa and her family, not even charging her with vehicular manslaughter, amongst other things, do you what I’ll be praying for? Praying that Marletta’s own karma will find her address real soon!

  7. ashleigh said at 11:08 am on September 7th, 2016:

    Marissa was my little cousin. She was always so full of life and love, and then this monster just took her away from us in a second and left her on the side of the road like common roadkill. She had no consideration for marissa’s life, and instead, she just continued on with her day and acted as if nothing happened. How pathetic and cruel. After prison, however long or short the time she serves, she will get a second chance at life, but thanks to her, marissa never even got a chance to really experience life.