Two more plead guilty in Paige Raque case

mcarroll@centredaily.comJune 11, 2013 

— Two more Penn State students have pleaded guilty for their roles in supplying an alcohol-fueled party where a cheerleader fell from the window of a State College high-rise apartment.

Megan Markovitz and Tempest Hourston will serve a year probation, perform community service and pay fines for supplying alcohol to the party. They joined five others in accepting plea deals.

Of the eight young women originally charged in January, only Adaire Robinson has not entered a plea, according to court documents.

Markovitz and Hourston became the latest to plea last week during jury selection hearings. They joined Alyssa Duffy, Alexandria Hipple, Madeline Miller, Brooke Piccione and Julie Hannan, who entered pleas during pretrial conferences last month.

Attorney Alexander Lindsay, of Butler, who is representing Robinson, could not be reached for comment Monday. Robinson’s next scheduled court appearance is a July pretrial conference, according to dockets.

Assistant District Attorney Nathan Boob said none of the eight women were approved for the county’s accelerated rehabilitative disposition, which is a program that allows first-time offenders to have their criminal records expunged after completing a year of probation.

The charges stem from a party in October that ended tragically when cheerleader Paige Raque fell 39 feet from a window of a fifth-floor apartment and suffered a severe brain injury and a broken pelvis.

Despite a grim initial prognosis and weeks spent in intensive care after the fall, Raque surprised her family and doctors with her recovery. She was able leave the hospital and return to her Kentucky home by December to continue rehabilitation.

State College police said Hourston, Markovitz and Robinson, who are all older than 21, bought alcohol for the party, while Hannan, Miller, Piccione, Duffy and Hipple, who lived in the Calder Commons apartment, allegedly hosted the party or, at least in Hipple’s case, knew that minors would be attending.

Police estimated that there were between 40 and 60 people in the apartment.

Witnesses told police Raque appeared to be visibly intoxicated the night of the party and was dancing on a table when she lost her balance and fell out the window.

Police have said Raque was under 21 at the time but will not be charged.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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