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Mother will serve 30 days for buying beer for teens who drowned

March 20, 1997

WAREHAM, Mass. (AP) _ A woman will serve a month in jail after admitting Thursday that she bought several cases of beer for her teen-age son and his friends, two of whom drowned after drinking.

``I feel sorrow and a great deal of pain for the families of the victims,″ Roxanne Pulsifer, 36, of Plymouth, said after the hearing. ``For all involved it’s best to end it here.″

Anti-drinking activists and the parents of one of the dead boys called the sentence disappointing, saying it was too slight for the mother of five.

On Thursday, Pulsifer was in court with her 5-year-old son and pleaded guilty to buying liquor for minors and contributing to the delinquency of children.

She accepted a two-year jail sentence, of which she will have to serve 30 days. She also was ordered to perform 500 hours of community service.

Pulsifer had withdrawn two previous guilty pleas after hearing the sentences that were to be imposed upon her.

Pulsifer was accused of buying two 30-packs of beer for her son’s party June 1. Two of his friends, John Linden, 17, and Jared Purser, 16, drowned later that night when their canoe capsized on a pond.

``I’m going to my son’s grave to tell him what happened today,″ Cindi Linden said.

June Shire, co-founder of the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said called the sentence a travesty. ``After 30 days, she can go on with her life,″ Shire said ``These boys who were killed, they can’t.″

Had Pulsifer gone to trial, she faced up to 11 years in prison and $20,000 in fines. Judge James O’Neil stayed Pulsifer’s sentence until June 30 so that she can make child-care arrangements.

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