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.


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