Daughter of woman accused of giving minors marijuana, alcohol says friends are lying about party

Posted March 21, 2012, at 12:51 p.m.
Last modified March 21, 2012, at 7:15 p.m.

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DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The daughter of a woman who stands accused of furnishing marijuana and alcohol at the teen’s birthday party a year ago took the stand Wednesday in Piscataquis County Superior Court.

Tanya Donnelly, 37, of Brownville, is being tried on seven counts, including aggravated unlawful furnishing of a scheduled drug, unlawful furnishing of marijuana, furnishing liquor to a minor and endangering the welfare if a child.

Donnelly’s daughter, 14, testified that the group of six friends and she did not go to Donnelly’s house to smoke marijuana, as the other six testified Tuesday.

She said her mother cannot smoke at all. Donnelly’s attorney, Dale Thistle, said outside the courtroom that Donnelly suffers from pulmonary hypertension, is terminally ill and uses oxygen.

“She’d probably die from it,” she said, referring to the smoking of marijuana.

The daughter said her friends lied to police when they showed up at her mother’s house during the party on March 24, 2011.

“I was torn between believing my friends and believing the truth,” she said. “I didn’t want to ruin the friendship.”

The prosecution and defense rested their cases Tuesday afternoon, and closing arguments followed. The jury began its deliberations at about 3:30 p.m.

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