Man sentenced for giving alcohol to college student who died
GREELEY, Colo. — A tearful apology in a Greeley courtroom from the man who gave alcohol to a University of Northern Colorado freshman who then jumped from a balcony and died last year.
Kyle Riley was sentenced for giving alcohol to a minor. The judge ordered him to serve two years of supervised probation, perform 200 hours of community service and wear and ankle monitor for 60 days.
Ross Higuchi’s parents were in the courtroom as Riley apologized, saying, “I’d like to apologize to the Higuchi family. I was wrong. I broke the law. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”
According to court records, Riley bought alcohol for a party at a fraternity house. He allegedly gave Ross several shots and a bottle of wine. Ross jumped from a balcony after an argument with some of his fellow fraternity brothers. He spent several days in a coma, and later died.
Ross’ mother told the judge she hopes Riley will spend his community service talking to young adults about the dangers of drinking.
Janilee Higuchi told FOX31 Denver after the sentencing that she did not think jail time would solve anything.
She said, “I don’t think it would do anyone any good. Talking about the whole experience would help and maybe divert people from making similar mistakes.”