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COUPLE CHARGED IN TEEN DRINKING

Eight teens left the party in a Jeep that crashed, killing one.

The State Attorney's Office has charged two adults with misdemeanors, saying they hosted a house party where teenagers consumed alcohol before a deadly car crash last year.

But that did little to calm Denise Clark, whose 17-year-old son Tyler was killed in the crash.

"Somebody that leaves their dog in the car gets a worse punishment than what they're going to get," she said. "I'm going to start doing my research and see what I can do about trying to get these laws changed. I'm just infuriated."

Tara McEntarffer, 42, and her boyfriend, Lamar Justice, 42, are charged with hosting an "open house party" at her Valrico home. If they are convicted, they could get up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, Assistant State Attorney Pam Bondi said.

McEntarffer and Justice could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The charges come several weeks after a state investigation concluded the couple was home at the time of the October party and knew of the underage drinking.

After attending the party, Tyler and a group of teens got into his Jeep, said investigators with the state's Identifying Contributors to Alcohol Related Events program.

The vehicle spun out of control and crashed, killing Clark and injuring seven others.

An autopsy concluded Tyler was driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.10. State law presumes a driver is impaired at a level 0.08 and above. Because he was under 21, Tyler was not legally allowed to have any alcohol.

Clark, 43, said if McEntarffer and Justice go to trial, she'll be there in court.

"I want her (McEntarffer) to see me. I want her to see the pain," Clark said. "She gets to wake up and see her son. I get to wake up and see the box on the dresser where my son's ashes are."

Times staff writer Colleen Jenkins contributed to this report.

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