Metro-East mom who gave son liquor sentenced

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by KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on July 31, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 5:39 PM

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(KMOV.com) - The mother of a Metro East teen who was killed in a car accident has been sentenced for providing him with alcohol.

Ginger Zehner-Denton will serve 24 months probation, but will not go to prison.

Zehner-Denton's son died in an accident in Janaury, 2013. A passenger in the car was seriuosly injured. Zehner-Denton provided her son with beer and whiskey before the accident.

 

See original story below: 

 

BELLEVILLE, Ill.—The mother of a Metro-East teenager killed in a car crash is free on bond after being accused of giving her son beer and whiskey before the accident.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports 39-year-old Ginger Zehner-Denton of Mascoutah surrendered this week on a charge filed earlier this month that accuses her of unlawful delivery of alcohol.

Her 18-year-old son, Stephen Zehner, died in a Jan. 26 crash. He was a senior at Belleville West High School.

A 16-year-old passenger in the car he was driving was seriously injured and hospitalized for three months.

Zehner-Denton’s attorney says he’s not commenting publicly about the case.

The felony is punishable by up to three years in prison.

 

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