Advertisement

Woman sentenced for giving alcohol to minors

July 28, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Halfway woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County District Court to three charges in connection with throwing a drinking party for her 16-year-old son in May, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Mark K. Boyer said.

Cynthia Lou Fitz, 43, of 17833 Red Oak Drive, pleaded guilty to one count of contributing to the condition of a child and two counts of allowing underage alcohol consumption - civil citations - in connection with the May 19 and 20 party at her home, Boyer said.

Fitz originally was charged with 15 counts of contributing to the condition of a child and 13 counts of allowing underage alcohol consumption in connection with the party, Boyer said.

District Judge Mark D. Thomas ordered Fitz to serve two years in prison on the criminal charge of contributing to the condition of a child, but suspended that sentence. He ordered she serve two years of supervised probation, the conditions of which included that she abstain from drinking alcohol and submit to testing, Boyer said.

Advertisement

Fitz's blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.30 the morning of May 20, Boyer said.

The woman had agreed when her 16-year-old son asked her if she would throw him a party, and buy beer and vodka for it, Boyer said.

The party lasted from May 19 at 6 p.m. until the early morning hours of May 20, Boyer said. When Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies arrived, they found 13 youths younger than 18, and three people between the ages of 18 and 21, Boyer said.

"They did have up to 60 kids at one point," Boyer said.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|