Woman gets probation for giving alcohol to kids
A judge Friday sentenced a Grand Junction woman to three years on probation for buying alcohol for her teenage daughter and four underage friends last New Year’s Eve, calling the woman’s actions “totally irresponsible.”
“I just am pretty dumbfounded as to why someone who is 42 years old with no criminal record would do something like this,” Mesa County District Judge Brian Flynn said in handing down his sentence for Julie Ann Flynn, who is not related to him.
Julie Flynn pleaded guilty to a felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and a misdemeanor count of child abuse. She was given a three-year deferred judgment and sentence for the felony count, meaning it will be wiped off her record in three years if she stays out of trouble.
Authorities say Julie Flynn drove five 14- and 15-year-old Central High School students, including her daughter, to the liquor store on Dec. 31, then took them back to her home, where the girls drank and smoked marijuana.
Deputy District Attorney Leslie Stewart said Julie Flynn also let the teens leave the house to go to a party, where they later were stranded and had to walk back to Flynn’s house in sub-freezing temperatures.
Stewart said the age of the girls made the case particularly aggravated.
“These aren’t 20-year-olds,” she said. “They’re little kids. They’re far below the age where this could even be considered appropriate.”
Defense attorney Gregg Leavitt said Julie Flynn works part-time at KidzPlex and is an otherwise good person who experienced a “serious lapse in judgment” because of a desire to be a cool mother.
Asked by the judge why she bought the alcohol, Julie Flynn replied, “I wanted to be OK with it, you know, but I didn’t feel comfortable with it. I wanted the kids to have fun.”
The judge told her she was fortunate that something worse didn’t happen to the girls.
In addition to probation, the judge ordered Julie Flynn to spend 30 days in the county’s day-reporting program, consume no alcohol and enroll in parenting classes.