A Jefferson couple accused of falsely imprisoning a 15-year-old girl in late December 2014 and giving her alcohol, marijuana and LSD has been cleared of the most serious charges they faced.
Jennifer Murgo, 37, and Eric Murgo, 42, were found guilty in Jackson County Superior Court of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, but acquitted on the other five charges levied against them, according to court documents obtained Tuesday by AccessWDUN through the couple's attorney, Steve Adkins.
Those additional charges included distribution of marijuana, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, furnishing alcohol to a minor, false imprisonment and criminal trespass.
The couple were arrested when the 15-year-old girl staying at their house went to police to report the incident, claiming that the Murgos allowed her and their daughter to smoke marijuana, drink alcohol and take LSD at the home.
At the time of the report, the teen claimed to have been hallucinating from the LSD, and seeing demons, according to Jefferson Police officials.
The parents were accused of taking the visiting girl's cell phone to prevent her from calling her mother.
The couple denied the allegations from the outset, but Jennifer Murgo, in a phone interview with AccessWDUN, said the resulting news coverage cost her "everything," including her job, house and car.
The Murgos were acquitted March 3.