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Jail time for mom who gave alcohol to MV teens
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Amy Martel of Penacook pleads no contest to providing alcohol to minors on several occasions in summer 2010 in Concord District Court; Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Martel’s attorney, Sarah Davidson, is seen to the right. CORRECTION: The original caption included incorrect information about Martel’s sentence. She will spend 30 days in jail.Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »By Maddie Hanna / Monitor staff
March 29, 2011A Penacook mother pleaded no contest this morning to five counts of supplying alcohol to teenagers and will report to the Merrimack County jail tomorrow morning to begin serving a 30-day sentence.
After Amy Martel, 39, pleaded no contest to five counts of prohibited sales, Concord District Court Judge Kristin Spath entered guilty findings on the charges. Spath, who accepted the terms of the plea agreement reached between Martel and the city prosecutor, ordered that two more charges of prohibited sales and one charge of endangering the welfare of a child be placed on file without a finding for a period of one year.
The Concord police arrested Martel last fall and charged her with repeatedly supplying alcohol to teenagers she knew through a Merrimack Valley High School booster club. The police said she provided liquor and beer to teenagers at her Tower Circle home, in the parking lot of the Steeplegate Mall and at the Sewalls Falls Recreation Area.
Neither Martel nor her lawyer, Jonathan Cohen, spoke about the charges in court this morning. Martel was sentenced to 12 months in jail, all but 30 days suspended for a period of two years on condition of good behavior. She was fined $500, with all of the fine suspended on the same conditions.
She was also ordered to have no contact with the juveniles she supplied with alcohol.