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3-month sentence for man who bought, supplied alcohol to Laurel Williams

Original post made on Mar 26, 2009

A 22-year-old man charged with buying and supplying alcohol to minors at a party in connection with the death of Laurel Williams pleaded no contest at the Pleasanton courthouse Thursday morning.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 26, 2009, 3:46 PM

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Posted by Hot Sam
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Mar 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm

The judge was too lenient, in my opinion. She says "Someday, you'll be a man. You're not one right now." She's half right. Will Stony turn into a real man some day? At the moment he's a 22-year-old punk. I don't think 3 months in jail will do it.

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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 27, 2009 at 5:48 am

Hot Sam -- The plea deal between Paul Stonebarger and the Williams family tied the judges hands relative to sentencing. While Judge Christine Moruza's words could have been more direct and harsh, the sentence was what the parties involved agreed to.

This is such a senseless tragedy and I commend the Williams family for their efforts to lobby the State Assembly in her daughter's memory.

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Posted by Steamed Parent
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 27, 2009 at 8:30 am

This is really a tragedy for future victims of those that supply alcohol to minors. 3 months is not an adequate sentence. 3 years would be more appropriate.

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Posted by kathy scott
a resident of Rosewood
on Mar 28, 2009 at 11:52 am

3 months in jail is way too lenient. This young man does not get it and appears completely unremorseful. Minimum 1 year in prison (not jail) would be more appropriate.

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Posted by What
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Mar 28, 2009 at 5:14 pm

No Facebook or myspace pages? How stupid.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Mar 29, 2009 at 1:01 am

When is a judge's hands tied due to a plea deal between a defendant and the victims family. He could simply reject the deal and apply his/her own sentence. After all, he/she is the judge making the final decision...

According to the article, this guy was seen in a bar the day of his first hearing and continued to "party" through this whole ordeal. He apparently hasn't learned anything from his part in this tragedy...

I agree with kathy scott. He contributes to the death of a young woman, plus severe injuries to an innocent motorist, and only receives three months in county jail. People caught with "illegal smoking stuff for sale" have received more time in prison than this guy faces in county jail...


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 30, 2009 at 10:32 am

I'll bet his parents are proud of him!!!

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Posted by mary
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 31, 2009 at 10:01 am

We're all still trying to point a finger. Problem is, no one ever wants to look at the parents of the home who left these kids UNATTENDED which nearly always leads to unrestrained drinking and drub use. I think they are evenly culpable. If this young man hadn't bought the alcohol, then the next person would have. It is far to easy to obtain. We have to stop the venues for drinking, too, and that means the empty homes!

I'm a little perturbed with everyone for continually ignoring that point. No one (parents?) ever seems to want to hold adults (parents?) accountable.

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2009 at 11:52 am

Do you know these parents? Most parents are trying their best but can't always watch these young adults every minute. Every parent says a silent prayer each time their son/daughter leaves their homes. We all hope and pray that they will make the right choices, be safe and return home to us. You are very lucky that you have not felt such pain. What punishment would you like to see for the parents? I myself will pray for them and not pass judgment.

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Posted by fred
a resident of Avignon
on Apr 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm

No doubt Paul made a terrible mistake and his behavior since the incident has been unbelievable stupid and filled with poor judgement. All the blame for this tragedy, however, is not his. These young women made bad choices too and one of them paid the ulitmate price for making errors in judgement.

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Posted by Judy
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2009 at 6:04 am

I agree with with Fred, all three of these kids made bad choices.

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Posted by concerned
a resident of another community
on Apr 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm

No facebook for 3 years? He has one now and its been active for a few months.

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Posted by Outraged mom
a resident of another community
on Oct 12, 2012 at 1:48 am

I just found out that he has been coaching an AAU girls high school basketball team in his hometown. He should not even be allowed to be coaching young girls! This is SO wrong and inappropriate!

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