Six University of Connecticut Kappa Sigma fraternity members who hosted a party where a young woman died have been granted “a special form of probation,” according to the Hartford Courant newspaper.
As a result, they will see no jail time for various alcohol-related charges and their criminal records will be expunged if they successfully complete the terms of their probation.
The party they hosted resulted in the death of 19-year-old Jeffny Pally, of West Hartford, who was run over after passing out drunk against the door of a campus fire station.
Pally attended the off-campus party on October 16, 2016 after working on a homecoming float with her sorority sisters from Delta Gamma during the day, according to Hartford’s WFSB. After getting drunk at the party, she took an Uber back to campus, however, and fell asleep with her back against the garage door of the UConn Public Safety Complex, failing to make it back to her dorm room. Around 1 a.m., an alarm came in to the station and Pally was run over by a fire department SUV as it sped off to respond to the call. Firefighters were actually unaware they had even run over Pally until returning to the station 30 minutes later. According to the medical examiner, she died from injuries to her head and torso and her blood alcohol content was .25 at the time of her death. In a cruel irony, the actual call to the fire house was a false alarm, which resulted in the arrests of two UConn students, according to CBS News.
In February, police arrested Patrick Callahan, 21, Matthew Moll, 21, and Dylan Morose, 22, initially charging them with eight counts of permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol. Austin Custodio, 21, was charged with sale or delivery of alcohol to minors while Dominic Godi, 21, was charged with conspiracy to commit sale or delivery of alcohol to minor. Jonathan Polansky, 22, was charged with eight counts of permitting a minor to illegal possess alcohol. While they claimed they had hired a bouncer to check IDs and give out wristbands to those over 21, witnesses described a chaotic scene, where members of the frat were handing out beers to all comers, and left alcohol unattended.
The six defendants applied for accelerated rehabilitation, claiming that as first-time non-violent offenders they were unlikely to commit another crime and deserved clemency. Rockville Superior Court Judge Carl E. Taylor agreed with lawyers, and in a ruling last week ordered them to perform community service and make a charitable donation during the course of their two-year probation. Since the incident Kappa Sigma has lost it’s charter at UConn, though the fraternity claims it has nothing to do with Pally’s death.
In an interview with CBS New York, Jeffny’s mother Shiny Pally said of her daughter “She always felt that she needs to do something to help people and actually, very recently, she was thinking of doing nursing. In March, the Delta Gamma Fraternity chose to shut down it’s UConn chapter in response to Jeffny Pally’s death.