Patricia G. Conway, County Attorney
10 Route 125
Brentwood, NH 03833
For Immediate Release
Monday, Jan. 7, 2019
Media Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Email: [email protected]
Rockingham County Attorney Announces Sentencing for Stratham Restaurant Stemming From Fatal Alcohol Related Crash
BRENTWOOD — Rockingham County Attorney Patricia G. Conway announces that Jade Palace restaurant in Stratham was convicted and on Friday faced sentencing on a charge of serving alcohol to an underage person prior to a fatal crash nearly two years ago.
Jade Palace and its owner, Alan Yang, who was working behind the bar on the night of Feb. 29, 2016, were acquitted of three related charges of knowingly serving intoxicated persons.
The restaurant, however, will be held accountable for the deaths of three young men in the crash after they left his establishment that night.
Judge N. William Delker ordered the establishment to pay a $100,000 fine, plus a $25,000 assessment penalty, with the following options:
- Pay in full by March 1
- Voluntarily surrender its liquor license for one year, beginning by March 1, in exchange for a three year suspension of the fine.
- Pay $25,000 to a court approved charity that addresses underage drinking by March 1, in exchange for a three year suspension of the fine.
“No amount of money can make up for the sacrifices of these mens’ families, who have lost their sons forever,” County Attorney Conway said. “I hope that other establishments will see the price that these families — and this establishment — have paid for the defendant’s lack of responsibility on that evening, and that they will take extreme care to prevent a similar tragedy from ever happening again.”
The case was prosecuted by Deputy County Attorneys Jennifer Haggar and Melissa Fales. Jerome Blanchard represented the defendant.