N. Huntingdon man says he didn't buy kids booze, pleads no contest
By Renatta Signorini
Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A North Huntingdon man accused of providing alcohol for an underage drinking party last summer pleaded no contest Monday.
But Steven Mathew Greenawalt, 30, of Clay Pike Road, told Judge Debra Pezze that he did not buy alcohol for the group.
“I admit that I know they had it,” Greenawalt said.
He was sentenced to serve two years' probation on charges of corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to minors. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but it is treated as such for purposes of sentencing.
Pezze said that if Greenawalt has no problems during the first year of probation, she would close the case early.
Police and paramedics responded on July 23 to a garage underneath a banquet hall at the Shirley Funeral Home on Clay Pike Road.
They found a 16-year-old male, identified in court documents as B.O., who was unresponsive and covered in vomit.
The teen was taken to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg and later flown to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
An estimated 30 to 40 juveniles were at the party, according to police.
A teen identified in court documents as J.S. told police that Greenawalt had provided them with vodka.
Pezze acknowledged that Greenawalt called police to aid the unresponsive teen.
“That's why he didn't die,” Pezze said. “It's admirable that you took those steps and ... literally saved his life.”
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or email@example.com.
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