From the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office:
The case that arose from a Fallston party of 16 to 18 year-olds using alcohol and drugs, resulted today in guilty pleas from the homeowners Frederick Durst and Marcy Sherry. Each defendant plead guilty to one count of allowing underage persons to consume alcohol in their residence. Judge Mimi Cooper sentenced each defendant to the maximum penalty of a five hundred dollar fine; the judge suspended two-hundred fifty dollars of the fine, placed them on twelve months probation, ordered sixteen hours of community work service and pay the court costs.
Harford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Fallston residence on 26 November 2010 as a result of a complaint of underage alcohol and marijuana usage. Deputies found Mr. Durst and Ms. Sherry hosting a party for their seventeen year-old son. Deputies described youth running from the scene and discarding alcohol containers. Through the windows the deputies could see Ms. Sherry and many of the young people attempting to conceal beer and alcohol containers, there were about one hundred people in the residence.
State’s Attorney Joe Cassilly asked the court to enter a finding of guilt saying, “It is not enough to know that these folks may have learned their lesson but to send a message to the community that this will not be accepted or excused.”
In pronouncing sentence Judge Cooper pointed out that while at one time consumption of alcohol by eighteen year olds was legal times have changed.
“Through medical science and other research we now understand the effect of alcohol on the adolescent brain, the law has changed and attitudes must change,” said the Judge.
The judge recommended that the defendants work in the community to make other parents aware.