Six University of Connecticut students are now free from serving any jail time as related to the death of a 19-year-old girl who passed out after becoming inebriated at one of there frat parties.
Rockville Superior Court Judge Carl E Taylor acknowledged an accelerated rehabilitation to the six students being charged in written decisions handed out this last week. This program will allow all six students to serve zero jail time and have their records wiped clean, so long as they complete it.
According to the reports, Pally drank alcohol at the party ended up passed out in front of the campus school’s fire station bay door early in the morning. When a call came through and the door opened up for the crew to head out, Pally fell backward and was ran over by the station’s Chevy Tahoe. Her body was found after the fire rescue team returned form a false alarm. Pally had drunk three times over the legal limit for driving in Connecticut when she was killed.
Patrick Callahan, 21; Matthew Moll, 21; and Dylan Morose, 22; all of Mansfield, Connecticut, were charged with eight counts of permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol, as was Jonathan Polansky, 22, of Beverly, Massachusetts.
Austin Custodio, 21, of Pine Bush, New York, was charged with sale or delivery of alcohol to minors. Dominic Godi, 21, of Bolton, Connecticut, was charged with conspiracy to commit sale or delivery of alcohol to a minor.
The six men each applied for accelerated rehabilitation in April, which is designed for first-time non-violent offenders a judge finds are unlikely to commit another crime, reported the Hartford Courant.
‘I think it’s an appropriate resolution, although I think he never should have gotten arrested in the first place,’ defense attorney Anthony Spinella said of his client, Polansky. ‘In fact I don’t think any of them should have gotten arrested.’
Spinella, a former prosecutor, said there were others who were more responsible for the incident than the six men who were charged.
The six are supposed to appear in the Rockville Superior Court come June 29th, although the whole matter can be skipped if they pay a fee for the program that they are to take.
The parents of Abraham and Shinymol Chemmarappally, had previously requested that the video of their daughter’s death not be discharged as it would be too much for the family to bare.
The Hartford Courant and the state Freedom of Information Commission went ahead and filed court papers in opposition to the petition to keep back the release of the video, stating that would break the state’s public records law.
The newspaper’s lawyer made their demand known in a legal brief that public interest in the case is important, and withholding the video ‘would inhibit the Courant’s ability to report upon the actions of the taxpayer funded UConn Fire Department’.
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