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Charges against NK Lawyer dropped; MADD rejects donation

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By: Dee DeQuattro



Charges against a North Kingstown lawyer for violating the state's social host law have been dropped on the condition that she donates $5,000 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

ABC6 News is learning that MADD has rejected that donation. The organization says, "This sentence sends the wrong message about the dangers of providing alcohol to those who are underage. We don't want to take money, in exchange for charges being reduced and people not being held accountable for their actions."

Jayne Donegan was arrested in January after police accused her of allowing her 16-year-old daughter to have an underage drinking party at their home. She was also accused of obstructing a police officer in the incident.

As part of the deal reached, the court entered a not-guilty filing against Donegan for the charge of obstructing a police officer. The charge will be dropped under the condition that Donegan is not arrested in the next year.

According to police, two juveniles who were at Donegan's had to be transported to the hospital to be treated for intoxication.

Donegan, through her attorney, denied any wrongdoing. Her attorney William Devereaux issued the following statement:

"As my client has stated from day one, and as the disposition of this case corroborates, Jayne Donegan never procured alcohol for any teenagers nor did she knowingly allow any underage person to consume alcohol in her home that night. There was no evidence found to the contrary. Ms. Donegan told the truth about the events of that evening, which were caused by uninvited teenagers sneaking into the basement of her home with alcohol even though she had given explicit instructions that alcohol was not to be brought into her home. Unfortunately, there were some teens that broke the rules and caused this very difficult time for my client.

Ms. Donegan is relieved that this case is behind her, as are her very supportive family, friends and colleagues, and will gladly contribute to a charity like MADD for the work it does to help others. "

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