6 charged in UConn student’s alcohol-related death get probation
Six UConn students who were charged with alcohol-related offenses after the death of another student may not serve any time in jail after a Connecticut judge granted them a special form of probation.
The six students – all members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, which the school has since expelled – were charged in February in connection with an October party which 19-year-old Jeffny Pally had attended.
The men were granted rehabilitation and ordered to perform community service for two years, The Hartford Courant reported, adding that their criminal records could be wiped clean if they successfully complete the program.
(Top Row, L to R) Dominic Godi, 21; Dylan Morose, 22; Patrick Callahan, 21; (Bottom Row, L to R) Austin Custodio, 21; Matthew Moll, 21; Jonathan Polansky, 22; all charged in relation to the death of UConn student Jeffny Pally, 19, who died after getting hit by a fire rescue vehicle in October 2016.
(Connecticut State Police)
Pally, a nursing student, had attended the party that the six students were hosting. She consumed alcohol and passed out on the ground next to the garage door of the school’s fire station. When the door opened, she fell backward and a fire vehicle struck her while responding to what turned out to be a false alarm.
Records show Pally had a blood alcohol content of .25 then.
UConn Fire Department Chevrolet Tahoe outside the department’s garage on South Eagleville Road.
Firefighters found her body after returning from their call. The firefighter driving the vehicle wasn’t charged, because prosecutors determined he didn’t see Pally, the Hartford Courant reported.
Patrick Callahan, 21; Matthew Moll, 21; Dylan Morose, 22, and Jonathan Polansky, 22, were charged with eight counts of permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol. Austin Custodio, 21, was charged with sale or delivery of alcohol to minor. Dominic Godi, 21, was charged with conspiracy to commit sale or delivery of alcohol to a minor.
The six men are scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior Court on June 29, but the newspaper said that they could avoid their court appearances if they pay a fee for the program before June 23.