The six UConn students charged with alcohol-related offenses in the aftermath of student Jeffny Pally's death have received a special form of probation that will allow them to avoid jail and to have their criminal records wiped clean if they successfully complete the program.
Rockville Superior Court Judge Carl E. Taylor granted accelerated rehabilitation to the six men in written decisions issued this week.
The men were ordered to perform community service and to make a charitable donation during their two-year probation.
Patrick Callahan, 21, Matthew Moll, 21, and Dylan Morose, 22, all of Mansfield, were initially charged with eight counts of permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol. Austin Custodio, 21, of Pine Bush, N.Y. was charged with sale or delivery of alcohol to minors. Dominic Godi, 21, of Bolton, was charged with conspiracy to commit sale or delivery of alcohol to minor. Jonathan Polansky, 22, of Beverly, Mass., was charged with eight counts of permitting a minor to illegal possess alcohol.
The six, members at the time of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, were charged in February after the investigation into Pally's death. The fraternity has since been expelled by UConn.
The UConn students hosted a party that Pally, 19, attended the evening of Oct. 15, 2016, according to court records. She consumed alcohol and became so drunk that she passed out while leaning against a garage door at the UConn fire station during the early morning hours of Oct. 16, 2016. When firefighters responded to a call a short time later, Pally was run over and killed by a fire vehicle. The firefighter was not charged after police and prosecutors determined he could not see Pally.
Pally's blood alcohol content was .25 at the time of her death. Under Connecticut law, a driver is considered legally drunk if his or her blood alcohol content exceeds .08.
The six men each applied for accelerated rehabilitation in April. At hearings before Taylor, the six men and their lawyers laid out the reasons they deserved the program, which is designed for first-time non-violent offenders a judge finds are unlikely to commit another crime.
"I think it's an appropriate resolution, although I think he never should have gotten arrested in the first place," Manchester defense attorney Anthony Spinella said of his client, Polansky. " In fact I don't think any of them should have gotten arrested."
Spinella, a former prosecutor, said there were others who were more responsible for the incident than the six men who were charged.
The six are scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior Court June 29, but can avoid appearing in court if they pay a fee for the program prior to June 23.