September 21, 2014

Man who supplied alcohol to minors sentenced

Said he was trying to provide safe environment

By James Kuch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — The man who supplied alcohol to 11- and 12-year-olds in December, said that he was only trying to provide a safe environment for the minors to drink.

Edmund Kedron, 43, of Standish was sentenced by 81st District Court Judge Richard Vollbach Jr. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, and is now in jail.

Kedron pleaded guilty to six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor on Jan. 11 and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and given credit for 28 days served for each count.

Vollbach said that the sentences run concurrently, leaving 62 days on Kedron’s sentence.

“I gave him as much as I could,” he said. “I would have liked to have given him more, at least double.”

While appearing before Vollbach, Kedron said that the children were going to be drinking anyway, and that he wanted to provide them with a safe environment.

Vollbach responded by stating, “We should applaud you for looking out for the best interest of our children.”

According to Standish Police Chief Mark Christian, Kedron gave alcohol to seven minors on the evening of Friday, Dec. 3. Christian and a fellow officer were called out to a residence on River Street in Standish, belonging to one of the minor’s mothers, where he said more than a dozen minors were having a party.

In December, Christian said when the officers arrived on the scene, they noticed nearly a dozen juveniles were in possession of alcohol. Christian said the minors fled the scene but were later caught and confessed that the alcohol belonged to them.

“We issued tests on the juveniles, and anyone found with alcohol in their system was issued minor-in-possession citations,” he said.

Kedron was originally charged with seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor, which is a misdemeanor.

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