Shelton parents charged with hosting underage party before James McGrath death, police say Lawyer: McGrath's family will file lawsuit 'at some point' March 9, 2023 Updated: March 10, 2023 11:07 a.m.
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Susanna Leifer and Paul Leifer were arrested on a warrant charging them with permitting minors to possess alcohol, according to Shelton police.
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James McGrath in his lacrosse uniform.
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FILE PHOTO: Raul Valle, left, leaves the State Courthouse in Milford, Conn. May 23, 2022.
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Maggie and Kevin McGrath, parents of deceased Fairfield Prep lacrosse player James McGrath, a Shelton resident, walk hand in hand to the field at Shelton High School for a ceremony honoring their son before the Prep-Shelton lacrosse game in Shelton, Conn. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
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Kevin and Maggie McGrath, parents of deceased Fairfield Prep lacrosse player James McGrath, greet Prep players as they take the ice in jerseys bearing their son's name and number for their game with Notre Dame of Fairfield at The Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport, Conn. on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.
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Raul Valle appears in Superior Court, in Milford, Conn. May 23, 2022. Valle is seen here with his defense attorney, Jake Donovan.
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Michael Rosnick, a lawyer who represents the family of James McGrath, speaks at his office March 8, 2023.
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SHELTON — The parents whose home police say hosted a party where a fight occurred
prior to the stabbing death of Fairfield Prep student James McGrath were charged Thursday with violating the state’s Liquor Control Act.
Paul Leifer, 59, and Susanna Leifer, 51, were arrested Thursday on a warrant charging them with permitting minors to possess alcohol, according to Shelton police. Susanna Leifer was also charged with second-degree reckless endangerment because, police said in a prepared statement, she "had interactions with some of the attendees" at the gathering.
Ethan Fry has been a reporter with Hearst Connecticut since 2019. Prior to working at Hearst, he worked at the Valley Independent Sentinel and the Journal-Inquirer of Manchester. He also has worked at the Danbury News-Times. He's a fan of irony, the New York Mets, Manchester United Football Club, classic films, and the Oxford comma.