Woman pleads guilty to serving alcohol to teen involved in fatal crash

Friday, September 14, 2012 | 7:18 a.m. CDT; updated 11:25 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 14, 2012

KANSAS CITY — A western Missouri woman has been sentenced to two years of probation for serving alcohol to an underage party guest who was later involved in a fatal car wreck.

Jackson County prosecutors initially charged 47-year-old Sandra Triebel with involuntary manslaughter. They hoped to hold her responsible for the drunken-driving death caused by a 19-year-old guest at her 2009 Halloween party.

But a judge dismissed that charge under Missouri law, and The Kansas City Star reported that Triebel pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor alcohol-related charges.

Besides serving probation, Triebel must also perform 40 hours of community service and attend a victim impact panel.

The drunken party guest, Kenneth Blake, is serving a six-year sentence for the crash that killed 16-year-old Laura Reynolds.

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