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Columbus family angry about prosecution for fatal stabbing of 17-year-old girl

A Columbus family is still trying to come to terms with an unimaginable loss. It’s been over a year since 17-year-old Halia Culbertson was fatally stabbed during a fight.

20-year-old Bryanna Barozzini struck a deal with prosecutors just as her murder trial was about to begin.

Instead of potentially receiving a life sentence, she now faces a maximum of three years behind bars. For Culbertson’s loved ones, it’s just not enough.

“My granddaughter was 17 years old, 17 years old. It’s been over a year and it hasn’t gotten any easier,” Harley Langley said.

For Langley, the heartbreak remains fresh. His 17-year-old granddaughter, Halia Culbertson, was snatched away in an instant.

“She loved life and everyone was her new best friend,” Langley told ABC 6.

The teenager lost her life in March 2023 outside this Northland supermarket. Investigators indicate that Bryanna Barozzini, who was 18 at the time, fatally stabbed Culbertson during a fight.

Barozzini was scheduled to appear in court this week. Instead, she struck a deal with Franklin County prosecutors. She pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors dropped two murder charges.

Barrozzini will be sentenced on July 11. She faces a prison sentence of up to three years.

Langley emphasizes that his granddaughter’s death, along with the lawsuit and the deal, are all painful and painful blows to the family.

“I see it as a serious miscarriage of justice. I don’t understand it. How can this be a victory? This is not a victory,” Langley said.

ABC 6 reached out to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office for comment on this story.

The Public Prosecution Service’s PR team sent a statement indicating that the District Attorney’s Office has no comment at this time pending the sentencing hearing.

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