Drowning Death of Jonathan Petit, 16: Adults Charged with Illegally Providing Alcohol


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approximate location of recovered body of Jonathan Petit.

A Hanover Park, Illinois mother and her son were sentenced to eight days in jail for providing alcohol on June 17, 2005 to Jonathan Petit, 16, who was drunk (blood-alcohol content .208) when he drowned in Mitchell Lakes Park in June, 2005. He was ejected from a graduation party at the Zagone home in the 700 block of Daybreak Lane, went missing, and his body was recovered after an intense two-day search by rescue workers.

A judge on Thursday sentenced 51-year-old Joanne Zagone and her 22-year-old son, Kenneth Pomella to serve four consecutive weekends at DuPage County Jail. In addition to jail time, mother and son each were sentenced to one year of probation. They each must pay $500 in fines and participate in a victim impact panel. Pomella also must complete 100 hours of community service with an anti-drinking group such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) or Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).