PORTSMOUTH — A city teen was sentenced Tuesday for his role at an underage drinking party, while three other alleged party-goers await trials.
Adam Studer, 19, of 26 Coakley Road, appeared with an attorney in Portsmouth District Court Nov. 7 on a charge alleging unlawful possession of alcohol. Police alleged he was one of dozens of teens at a July 4 house party where one youth was passed out on a lawn and others climbed onto a roof.
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Through a plea agreement with the prosecution, Studer’s charge will be placed on file without a finding for one year, providing he remains of good behavior and provides the court with proof that he completed an alcohol awareness program. Studer had no prior alcohol offenses and was cooperative, said prosecutor Rena DiLando.
Three other local teens are facing their second round of high-profile underage drinking charges and scheduled for 2011 trials. All were sentenced for unlawful possession of alcohol related to a 2009 crash at Putnam’s Ski and Snowboard shop, then charged again following the July 4 house party.
Scheduled for a Jan. 11 trial, Walter “Homey” Dunfey, 17, of 146 Clark Road, Rye, is alleged to have been intoxicated at the party at 78 Lawrence Street. That charge came four months after Dunfey pleaded guilty to a violation-level charge of unlawful possession of alcohol for being intoxicated during the Putnam’s crash.
Codefendant Corey Langmaid, 18, of 12 Sanderson Road, Greenland, is also scheduled for a Jan. 11 trial for a charge alleging unlawful possession of alcohol at the July 4 party. He was represented by attorney Francis Quinn for the Putnam’s crash charge and negotiated a plea deal that placed the charge on file without a finding for one year.
A third codefendant, Matthew Berube, 18, of 41 Liberty Common Road, Rye, is also expected to contest the house party charge during a Jan. 11 trial. In June he pleaded guilty to a violation-level count of unlawful possession of alcohol related to the Putnam’s crash and was fined $744.