Belleville Mom Admits Giving Son Booze Before Crash

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Metro-East mother has pleaded guilty to providing alcohol to her son before he crashed his car and died.

According to court documents, 40-year-old Ginger G. Zehner-Denton of Belleville pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor unlawful delivery of alcohol. That’s a lesser charge than the class 4 felony she initially faced — unlawful delivery of alcohol resulting in the death of a minor.

Stephen Zehner of Belleville died of injuries from a one-car crash early on the morning of Jan. 26, 2013. He was 18. A 16-year-old passenger, Megan Webb, spent three months in a hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The police complaint says Zehner-Denton gave her son a six-pack of beer and a pint of whiskey.

Zehner-Denton is scheduled to be sentenced July 31.


Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


More From CBS St. Louis

KMOX Podcasts
As Heard On KMOX

Listen Live