Posted at: 09/26/2013 11:49 PM
By: Jessica Layton
STEPHENTOWN - Six arrested, more than 300 to go. But it's a start for Rensselaer County sheriff's investigators who are trying to put a dent in the case of a huge, underage drinking party at a former NFL player's home.
Thursday night the first six to turn themselves in faced a judge and reality.
Police say 19-year-old Seth Hawk, 20-year-old Juan Santana, 21-year-old Cody Blain, 18-year-olds Meghan Loiselle and Keely Sullivan and 17-year-old Mackenzie Grogan were the main players in the giant underage drinking party at Brian Holloway's upstate New York home.
The six accused partiers paraded single-file into Stephentown Town Court. Some wore sunglasses and sweatshirts over their heads to try to hide from the cameras, but they couldn't hide from the judge.
"Many of the questions we're asking we already have the answers to. We just want them to be honest," the lead investigator on the case, Shane Holcomb said.
Holcomb says they started turning themselves in almost four weeks after the party heard 'round the country.
Holloway showed no sympathy for people he says trashed his house. He says they had more than enough time to apologize and take responsibility.
"They had a chance and they decided that was not a direction that would work for them, which I totally did not get," said Holloway.
The charges read Thursday night range from burglary, to grand larceny, to criminal trespass.
What happened at court is only the beginning. Sheriff's investigators say they've identified 238 others who were at the party. They're urging that they turn themselves in and they're asking for a little help from the parents.
It's a long investigation. But part of it is made simpler because of the messages and the pictures the partiers put out on social media.
Holcomb says some of the suspects -- and there parents -- are remorseful and some are not.
An end of summer bash that has lasted longer than any of them could have imagined. Now a night that will likely follow them well into their adult lives.
Three of the teens - the girls accused of stealing Holloway's granite eagle statue - were arraigned privately because they may only be charged as minors. The others pleaded not guilty.
Hawk is accused of burglary and essentially organizing and advertising the party and supplying the booze. He's due back in court next Wednesday.
For the most part the parents and kids had little to say to the media. One father did curse at reporters. When NewsChannel 13 tried to get comment, he told his daughter to run.