WARRENSBURG -- Two of the teenagers charged in connection with a June after-prom party where a Shenendehowa High School senior fell off a second-floor balcony and was badly injured appeared in Warrensburg Town Court on Wednesday morning for formal arraignments.
The injured student, Jarred Dahlberg, fell onto stairs below the balcony and had to be airlifted to Albany Medical Center for treatment, officials said. He has since been released from Albany Med and recently graduated from the Shenendehowa Central School District.
The incident happened June 2 at a residence in Warrensburg. Investigators determined the injured teen and several other teenagers had been at the home for the weekend for a post-prom party, officials said.
Alcohol had been provided to to the party-goers and those attending had to pay party planners ahead of time for the location, food and alcohol, officials said.
Those arrested were identified as Mia V. Dongsavanh, 18, of Halfmoon; William V. Coreno, 19, of Halfmoon; Colin J. Amodeo, 19, of Cllifton Park and Cole A. Rust, 19 of Clifton Park.
A Warren County sheriff's official said the four knew each other from Shenedehowa schools, but he did not know their school status at the time of the incident.
Dongsavanh faces one count of second-degree criminal nuisance, a misdemeanor.
Coreno and Amodeo each face one count of unlawfully dealing with a child, a misdemeanor, and Rust faces one count each of second-degree criminal nuisance and unlawfully dealing with a child, officials said.
As Warrensburg Town Judge Mindy Fisk brought Amodeo and Rust up to her bench individually with their lawyers, she told each of them that in her time as a judge, she has seen many young adults navigate through difficult situations alone, and that they're lucky to have the support of their families.
"You are very lucky to have parents in here with you," she said. "Remember all the way back home how lucky you are."
Saying that communication between parents and children is critical in avoiding accidents, she had both defendants turn around and thank their parents before moving on in the proceedings.
Additionally, Fisk upheld limited orders of protections against Amodeo and Rust against multiple other party-goers who, according to lawyers, provided statements to law enforcement about the party but did not file any complaints.
Dahlberg and his family have not returned requests for comment.
Rust and Amodeo both appeared in court with their parents. Dongsavanh and Coreno were not present in court. Court papers were not immediately available from the court clerk on Wednesday morning.
The two will be back in court on Aug. 28. Fisk said that she hopes the matter will be resolved on that date.