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Judge orders defendant to rewrite letter of apology



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LOGAN -- A judge is forcing a Utah State University student to rewrite her letter of apology to the family of a student who died of alcohol poisoning. The judge felt the letter was a little flippant.

Brittany Packham, 20, will spend eight days in jail after pleading guilty to supplying alcohol to a minor. She held a vodka bottle that student Michael Starks was drinking from during a hazing that led to Starks' death last November.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports 1st District Judge Thomas L. Willmore wasn't impressed with Packham's apology letter, particularly because it said she did not regret being present during the event. The judge also didn't like Packham saying she maybe could have prevented Starks from drinking as much as he did. The judge pointed out she was underage and even one drink was too many.

The judge ordered Packham to write another apology letter that better reflects the tragedy of the incident.

Packham is one of 13 people charged in connection with Starks' death.

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