3 SD college students sent to jail after alcohol-related death at party
WATERTOWN, S.D.—Three Watertown college students were sentenced this week to jail time for their connection with the death of a 19-year-old woman who died after drinking heavily at a house party last month.
The Minnehaha County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy that revealed the woman's blood alcohol level .33 percent after her death. However, the examiner concluded the alcohol concentration wasn't the cause of death, but rather that she was placed face down on a bed at the party and died of "positional asphyxia due to acute ethanol intoxication."
Codington County State's Attorney Patrick McCann said those sentenced in the death investigation Tuesday were Kayla Juhnke, 21, for buying alcohol for an underage person, Brady Johnke, 19, for furnishing alcohol to a minor and Logan Schilling, 19, for being the "social host" for the party.
Juhnke and Schilling each received 11 days in jail, while Johnke had his time suspended on the alcohol charge, but must spend 31 days in jail for use or dissemination of a visual recording or photographic device without consent.