Dayton bar owner fined for serving minors
The 59-year-old owner of The Final Score Saloon in Dayton pleaded guilty in Armstrong County Court on Friday to a misdemeanor charge of furnishing liquor to two teens on May 4, 2013.
In exchange for his plea, a charge of tampering with evidence was dismissed in an unrelated case in which three minors died in a car crash after drinking at his bar on the same night.
Larry P. Pompelia of Rural Valley was sentenced by President Judge Kenneth Valasek to pay a fine of $500 and will serve no jail time.
The plea was on a charge that he witnessed his bartender, Kristin L. Fisher, 20, serve two unnamed teens on the same night that Cody A. Brink-Douglas, 19, Zane M. McMillen, 19, both of North Buffalo, and Sean J. Titus, 20, of Kittanning, died in a car crash in Indiana County after leaving the bar.
Another bartender, Karly Ann Good, 23, who was charged with serving the teens who died, this week received Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition — a program that allows nonviolent, first-time offenders to have the record of the conviction expunged after completing a probationary period.
Fisher in December received ARD on the charge of serving minors.
The charge against Pompelia that was dismissed in exchange for his plea Friday was related to police accusations that he had erased surveillance tapes showing the victims of the crash drinking in the bar on the day they were killed.
Judge Valasek during the hearing rejected a plea agreement that allowed Pompelia to plead “nolo contendre,” or no contest to serving minors. That would have subjected him to the same penalties as pleading guilty but without admitting guilt.
“I don't accept pleas of nolo contendre,” Judge Valasek said. “I don't believe I have ever accepted one in my 23 years on the bench.”
Family members of the victims of the crash were at the hearing but declined to comment after sentencing.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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