Former school committee woman accepts plea in court

Abbey Niezgoda

The party after the homecoming dance where Terri Serra was charged with letting teenagers drink alcohol happened almost two years ago.

She had planned on fighting the conviction but with her change of plea today. The legal dance is finally over.

The former Chariho school committee member has said over and over again she did not know teenagers were drinking on her property the night four of them got into a serious accident back in 2011.

She was found guilty of violating Rhode Island's social host law back in 2012.

A charge she planned on appealing,until today.

“Be advised that the maximum penalty is 6 months at the ACI,” Judge Rodgers told Serra.

The 51-year-old mother of 2 changed her plea from not guilty to nolo contender, the judge sentencing her to pay a $500 fine and complete 150 hours of community service.

 “We will not be giving a statement this case has been very difficult for her,” said James Howe, Serra's Attorney.

Her lawyer had few words for the media as Serra left the courthouse for the last time.

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