Pa. teen who conspired with older boyfriend to kill mom will remain in jail

April 20th, 2015 by Staff

Jamie Silvonek (left) and Caleb Barnes are both facing murder charges in the death of Cheryl Silvonek.


(Lehigh Valley Live.com) UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A 14-year-old Upper Macungie Township girl will remain in Lehigh County Jail as she awaits her court hearings on charges she conspired with her older boyfriend to kill her mother, a judge ruled.

District Attorney Jim Martin confirmed Friday that Judge Maria Dantos on Thursday denied the request to move Jamie Silvonek to a juvenile detention facility while she waits for her preliminary and decertification hearings. Martin opposed the move.

The eighth-grader and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Caleb Barnes, are both charged with the killing of Silvonek’s mother, Cheryl.
Prosecutors say Barnes brutally stabbed the elder Silvonek in the neck after she repeatedly tried to break up the couple, including showing Barnes her daughter’s passport to convince him of the girl’s age.

Earlier this month Martin released text messages between the couple that indicated they spoke for hours about killing Cheryl Silvonek before she was fatally stabbed in a car in the driveway of the family’s Randi Lane home in Upper Macungie Township.

Defense attorney John Waldron said Friday he was not aware his request to move his client had been denied, but that the move would need the district attorney’s approval, which Waldron knew he did not have.

Silvonek was due in court on Monday for a hearing on the request. Now, the next legal step will be her preliminary hearing on the criminal charges related to her mother’s murder. The hearing for her and Barnes was originally slated for Thursday, but was postponed; no new date has been set yet.

Martin said a decertification hearing — to determine if Silvonek will be tried as an adult, or if the case would go to juvenile court — would be held after her preliminary hearing.

Silvonek and Barnes are each charged with homicide, conspiracy, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Prosecutors said Jamie Silvonek was 13 when she told Barnes she was 17, and the two communicated daily since they met.

Authorities say Cheryl Silvonek first met Barnes on March 6, and after learning the U.S. Army soldier was a 20-year-old, she allegedly told her daughter the relationship had to end.

Authorities say a day after that meeting, a witness heard Jamie Silvonek express a desire to kill both her parents during a call with Barnes.

The scheme required Barnes to lure Cheryl and Daniel Silvonek from their home before murdering them. Jamie Silvonek would return after the killings and help dispose of the bodies. The two allegedly discussed life insurance proceeds from her father and who would assume custody over her.

Instead, police say Barnes killed Cheryl Silvonek in the early morning of March 15. Barnes and the younger Silvonek then drove to a Walmart to get supplies, returned to the house and drove the blood-laden car to a rural area in South Whitehall Township, where they burned Cheryl Silvonek’s body and dumped the car in a nearby pond before walking back to the Silvonek home, authorities say.

Martin previously said Barnes and Jamie Silvonek were in bed together when police arrived.


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