The six University of Connecticut who were charged with bringing about the death of another student by plying her with an enormous amount of alcohol may not even serve any jail time, thanks to a Massachusetts judge who opted for a special form of probation.
The charges stem from an October fraternity party that quickly devolved into tragedy. 19-year-old Jaffny Pally attended the booze-fueled party, hosted by the since-expelled Kappa Sigma fraternity, and left with a blood-alcohol level of three times the legal limit.
As she stumbled home, Pally collapsed in front of the school’s fire station garage door – only to be fatally run over by a fire truck that was responding to an incident that turned out to be a false alarm. She had a 0.25 blood-alcohol level at the time of her death.
While the firefighter who struck Pally was not charged, as prosecutors did not believe he could have seen her, six UConn students were.
Patrick Callahan, 21; Matthew Moll, 21; Dylan Morose, 22, and Jonathan Polansky, 22, were all charged with eight counts of permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol. 21-year-old Austin Custodio was charged with sale or delivery of alcohol to a minor. 21-year-old Dominic Godi was charged with conspiracy to commit sale or delivery of alcohol to a minor.
Instead of facing jailtime for their actions, though, all six men were granted rehabilitation and ordered to perform two years of community service and make a charitable donation. To add insult to injury, all six of the culprits’ criminal records could have their conviction expunged if they complete the program.
“I think it’s an appropriate resolution, although I think he never should have gotten arrested in the first place,” defense attorney Anthony Spinella, who represented Polansky, told the Hartford Courant. “In fact I don’t think any of them should have gotten arrested.”
Spinella believes that there were other individuals who should have been punished instead of his client and the other defendants in relation to Pally’s death.