This is sobering food for thought as we head into the backyard beer-and-barbecue season: David Leone, a 26-year-old man of Vandergrift, PA is heading to prison for buying alcohol that a minor consumed. Leone pleaded guilty for furnishing beer for a party where a sixteen-year-old girl proceeded to drink herself to death. Lynn Scheuring died of alcohol poisoning with a blood level of 0.44 — five times the legal limit in PA.
Leone has been sentenced to six to 23 months prison time for providing the alcohol and of furnishing alcohol to minors and the corruption of minors. The woman who was renting the house where the party occurred is also serving up to 23 months for involuntary manslaughter. Given that the people sentenced to prison merely provided the setting and means — and didn't force the girl to drink to excess — should they be punished for what was ultimately her own choice?