The tragedy of what happened at a house party on March 21 took a life and changed other lives forever.

It probably seemed like a typical drinking party for a group of college age students, who choose a friend's house, did a liquor run and started a night of what they thought would be fun. A few hours later, a call came in for a female not breathing at a residence in the 100 Block of 2nd Street in Watertown.

The death of the 19-year-old woman completely changed the course of the woman's family and those at the party. Autopsy results showed a high blood alcohol count (.296%), however it was not considered fatal.

Social media pictures and videos revealed another indicator. The woman was face down on a mattress and "positional asphyxia due to acute Ethanol intoxication" was ruled the cause of death.

If you've ever considered hosting your kids party under the assumption they'll be safer drinking at home, if you've ever had a party and someone underage shows up at your place, or if you've considered buying a six pack for someone underage, your life could change forever.

Should you have a child who will turn 21 before their peers, consider talking to them about saying no to buying liquor for their underage friends.

Three people were sentenced for their part in providing liquor and a drinking location to the underage woman.

  • Video surveillance at the liquor store pinpointed who purchased the alcohol, resulting in Kayla Junke, 21 receiving a fine of $500, 100 days in jail with 89 suspended, and restitution for funeral expenses of just over $8,500.
  • Logan Schilling, 19, rented the apartment and was considered a social host to someone underage, and was sentenced to a fine of $500, 30 days in jail with 19 suspended, and restitution for funeral expenses of just over $8,500.
  • Brady Johnke, 19, had two charges: furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor and a fine of $500, 30 days in jail with 30 suspended, and restitution for funeral expenses of just over $8,500 and disseminating photos and videos without consent, resulting a fine of $500, 100 days in jail with 69 suspended, and restitution for funeral expenses of just over $8,500.

Sentencing was based on the assumption each would remain law abiding for a period of one year.


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