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Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Liz D.
Adult gets jail and probation after teen dies from alcohol poisoning The Salt Lake Tribune Article Last Updated: 10/06/2007 12:44:34 AM MDT

One of two adults charged in connection with a 17-year-old boy's death from alcohol poisoning was sentenced Friday to probation and 10 days in the Summit County jail. Abram R. Kesnter, 20, did not supply the half-gallon of whiskey that killed Joseph Hunter on March 17, but he was the only adult present while he and three juvenile boys were drinking the liquor, according to prosecutors. Kenter pleaded guilty in 3rd District Juvenile Court to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and underage alcohol consumption, class B misdemeanors each punishable by up to six months in jail. Summit County Attorney David Brickey said Judge Mark May told Kenter he had an obligation as the only adult to make sure his younger brother - who was present that night - was not delinquent and to recognize that Hunter was drinking alcohol to excess. While on probation, Kenter must pay a $250 fine, attend a mental health program and write a letter of apology to the Hunter family. He is to have no association with minors, other than his siblings. The alleged supplier of the whiskey is Rita E. Palmer, 23, who worked at a toy store with one of the juveniles, Brickey said. Palmer is charged with supplying alcoholic beverages to a minor, a class A misdemeanor. She is scheduled to appear in juvenile court for a pretrial conference on Oct. 19. Palmer allegedly bought the liquor for the boy she worked with the afternoon of March 16. The dead boy was discovered by a Summit County sheriff's deputy who spotted Kenter and two other boys putting Hunter into Kenter's car after Hunter collapsed at the Coalville rodeo grounds at about 12:30 a.m. on March 17. After ordering the others out of the car, the officer found Hunter unresponsive on the back seat, according to charging documents. He was later pronounced dead. Brickey said the two surviving juveniles were charged with being minors in possession of alcohol and spent time at detention centers varying from two days to a week. - Stephen Hunt


Why was Kenter charged as a juvenile when he was 20? That makes no sence what so ever. He is over 18 and should have been charged as an adult same with Palmer!This should be looked into.

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