Police: Shelton parents charged for allowing alcohol at underage house party same night teen was killed

The attorney for the McGrath family says the arrests stem from probable cause to believe that the Leifers' actions allowing underage drinking created the chain of events that ended with the death of their son as Connecticut law states that "no homeowner shall knowingly allow for underage drinking on their property."

Abby Del Vecchio and Angelica Toruno

Mar 9, 2023, 4:01 PM

Updated 446 days ago

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Two parents from Shelton are facing charges for allegedly allowing minors to have alcohol at a house party the same night a teen was stabbed to death last year.
Police say a fight broke out at the party in the house of Paul and Susanna Leifer in May of last year.
Susanna and Paul Leifer
After the party dwindled down, some of the attendees left, and got into another fight outside of a home on Laurel Glen Drive, according to officials.
Investigators say that fight resulted in the stabbing death of Fairfield Prep student Jimmy McGrath.
In the days that followed the brawl, Milford teen Raul Valle was charged with the murder of McGrath.
The attorney for the McGrath family, Mike Rosnick, says the arrests stem from probable cause to believe that the Leifers' actions allowing underage drinking created the chain of events that ended with the death of their son as Connecticut law states that "no homeowner shall knowingly allow for underage drinking on their property."
"Everything is still raw, they're in tremendous pain. This doesn't bring them excitement," said Rosnick.
The Leifers were released Thursday on a promise to appear at Derby Court on April 3.
Jay Lederman reported earlier on this story.


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