Virginia. Where parents get 27 months in prison sound for hosting a party for their son’s 16th birthday party and providing alcohol.
Their mom, Elisa Kelly, and her ex-husband, George Robinson, are paying the price for hosting Ryan’s 16th birthday party — more than two years in jail each. Ryan had asked his mother to buy his friends some beer and wine, as long as they all spent the night.
Doesn’t sound too dangerous, right? But you’re probably wondering, as I was, if some kid died driving home or was injured in some way. I mean a twenty-seven month sentence is nothing to scoff at. Something bad had to have happened, right?
Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney James L. Camblos III, who prosecuted the parents, said it was the worst case of underage drinking he has had to deal with in 15 years.
Really? The worst you’ve seen?
The couple initially were charged with 16 misdemeanor counts, but seven of the partygoers had no alcohol in their systems. Of the nine who did, all were below the legal limit for intoxication, according to Wren.
Nine kids below the legal limit, and that’s the worst case of underage drinking you’ve seen in fifteen years at the prosecutors office?
You just gotta wonder about that statement.
The couple pleaded guilty in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, and Camblos recommended a 90-day sentence at the time. But the judge, angry about the recent death of one of Ryan’s classmates at Albemarle High School in an alcohol-related crash, sentenced them to eight years.
The couple appealed to Circuit Court, which reduced the sentence to 27 months.
They had pleaded guilty, expecting the recommended 90-day sentence, and then got eight years thrown at them.
So I guess they should be happy with just two?