Man pleads guilty in alcohol case

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A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty Monday to providing alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. As part of the plea agreement reached with the District Attorney's Office, the man will not serve time in jail.

Kevin Miller Neuwirth was arrested Sept. 25 on suspicion of providing alcohol to 17-year-old Steamboat Springs High School student Adele Dombrowski.

During a police interview, Neuwirth told officers he purchased a 1.75-liter bottle of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum from The Bottleneck. Neuwirth was arrested after he confessed to officers that he bought the alcohol and gave it to Dom-browski.

Dombrowski died from a seizure the day after Neuwirth gave her the rum. Autopsy results indicated that alcohol was not a contributing factor in Dombrowski's death.

In District Court on Monday, Neuwirth agreed to plead guilty to the two charges. One of the stipulations of the plea is that Neuwirth will not serve time behind bars. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a Class 4 felony, which usually carries a mandatory prison sentence of two to six years.

In exchange for his plea, Neuwirth will receive a two-year deferred sentence, meaning that if he abides by his probation rules, the charge will not be part of his permanent criminal record.

Neuwirth will be sentenced to one year of supervised probation on the lesser charge of providing alcohol to a minor, a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Additionally, Neuwirth will not be allowed to have contact with anyone younger than 18 unless that person's legal guardian or parent is present, court documents indicate.

District Judge Michael O'Hara accepted Neuwirth's plea Mon-day on behalf of District Judge Paul McLimans, who is handling the case and will sentence Neuwirth.

Dombrowski's parents also were in the courtroom Monday and were told they would have an opportunity to address the court at the time of Neuwirth's sentencing, court documents indicate.

Neuwirth's sentencing is sch-eduled at 1 p.m. March 28.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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