A Beverly woman was sentenced to six months in jail and six months of house arrest after being found guilty of providing alcohol to her daughter’s friends at a house party in 2010.
Tiffany Clark, 37, knowingly allowed them to consume alcohol in her home on Manor Road, prosecutors said.
During the party, police were called twice for complaints of a loud party with underaged guests.
One of Clark’s daughter’s friends, who was 16 at the time, was taken to the hospital and treated for alcohol poisoning, Essex district attorney’s spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan said today.
During the trial, the teenage girl testified that she told people at the party, “I need to go to the hospital. I can’t breathe. I can’t see.” Clark allegedly told her she was “fine” and to “just sleep it off,” Monahan said.
Monahan said she could not recall another case “social host” law case where a person was given jail time for furnishing alcohol unless there was a fatality involved.
Clark’s defense attorney, Eitan Goldberg, said, “The sentence was too severe. Ms. Clark ought to have been given probation, with a period of house arrest, but jail time was not necessary.”
“In my research, I did not find a social host case where jail time was imposed where there had not been a death. And many cases where there was a death, jail was not imposed,” he said.
He said Clark had no criminal record.
“She is a good person with a strong support network of family and friends. She had one night in her life where she made some bad decisions. She knows she made mistakes and she has learned from them,” he said.Alli Knothe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.