Pa. woman gets jail in teen drinking death

Norma Edkin

March 9, 2012 11:31:32 AM PST
A central Pennsylvania woman who provided alcohol for an underage drinking party will spend six months in prison for the death of a teenager who died of alcohol poisoning after passing out on her living room floor.

Authorities say Norma Edkin hosted at least 15 underage drinkers at her Mountville, Lancaster County home at a June 2010 drinking party that led to the death of 18-year-old Joseph Blankenmyer.

The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports Edkin tearfully apologized at her sentencing Thursday, telling Blankenmyer's mother she wished she'd helped her son.

Edkin pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and furnishing alcohol to minors as her trial was set to begin.

Blankenmyer had a blood-alcohol level between .357 and .438 percent the night he died.


Information from: Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era