GREEN BAY - No one will spend any time behind bars after three teens died following an underage drinking party in Pewaukee.
Scott and Charlene Wetzel and their 18-year-old son hosted the party last July. They agreed this week to pay a fine of $2,700.
Prosecutors dropped many of the 26 citations issued against the family members.
Three 18-year-old students from Arrowhead High School who had been at the party later died when their car slammed into a tree.
Attorneys and alcohol counselors in Northeast Wisconsin say this crash should serve as a reminder to parents the dangers -- legal and otherwise of serving alcohol to teens.
Green Bay police say when they deal with cases of underage drinking it's not just the teens that can get in trouble with the law.
"There's also laws that allow us to cite the people who provided the alcohol to the underage person. And it goes to the officer's discretion on whether to cite both parties or not," said Lt. Kevin Warych with the Green Bay Police Department.
A Pewaukee family who hosted a drinking party in Waukesha County now faces six citations.
These three teens were killed in this car crash in Delafield after attending that party last July.
"There's never been a point in any of our discussions where they've avoided responsibility, where they've felt like they should get out of this entirely. It was just a question of what was a fair resolution," said Andrew Cotton, the Wetzel's defense attorney.
De Pere attorney Tricia Nell says because the teens who died were 18, the parents who supplied the alcohol couldn't be charged with crimes against minors, even though the teens weren't legal to drink yet.
"We have a statute in Wisconsin that really only has if they're caught for a first offense situation just fines as a penalty," said Nell.
Tom Ritchie is a clinical supervisor at the Libertas Center in Green Bay. The center deals with alcohol and drug addictions. Ritchie says incidents like the Delafield crash should serve as a warning for parents in Wisconsin.
"You can always discuss issues of punishment, but I'm more interested in what we are doing to prevent things like this from happening in the future," said Ritchie.
That sentiment was echoed by the Waukesha District Attorney who prosecuted the case.
"That's a message that all parents need to get out of this is that it's not ok for you to make that decision for someone else's parents," said District Attorney Brad Schimel.
Alcohol counselors say with proms and graduations coming up, it's a time for parents to try to persuade their children to avoid alcohol, and celebrate responsibly.
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