D.A. dismisses all charges against Jon Bon Jovi's daughter and classmate
CLINTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Oneida County District Attorney's Office says that it is dismissing all of the charges against Stephanie Bongiovi and Ian Grant, the two Hamilton College students charged by Kirkland Police after police found them to be in possession of heroin and other drugs and materials after Bongiovi allegedly overdosed in a Hamilton dorm. Bongiovi is the daughter of rock star Jon Bon Jovi.
On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the Kirkland Police Department stated that officers responded to the Dunham Dorm at Hamilton College in the early morning hours of that day to assist the Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance with a report of an unresponsive female who had allegedly overdosed on heroin.
Arrested following the incident were Ian S. Grant, 21, of Red Bank, New Jersey on a charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The Kirkland Police also announced the arrest of Stephanie R. Bongiovi on charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, as well as unlawful possession of marijuana.
Bongiovi was taken to a local hospital for treatment and later released.
On Thursday afternoon, McNamara's office issued the following statement in a press release:
"On September 18, 2011, New York State Penal Law was amended to include section 220.78, entitled 'Witness or victim of drug or alcohol overdose.' Under 220.78, subdivision 1, a person who, in good faith, seeks health care for someone who is experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose or other life threatening medical emergency cannot be prosecuted for the possession of heroin weighing less than 8 ounces or possession of any amount of marihuana resulting from the seeking of such health care. Additionally, under 220.78, subdivision 2, the individual who has overdosed or who was experiencing such life threatening medical emergency cannot be prosecuted for the possession of heroin weighing less than 8 ounces or possession of any amount of marihuana resulting from the seeking of such health care."
According to McNamara's office, the Penal Law prohibits the prosecution of either individuals for the alleged possession of heroin and/or marihuana occurring on November 14, 2012 at the Dunham Dorm.
"Therefore, District Attorney Scott D. McNamara is dismissing the charges against both individuals pursuant to the mandates of Penal Law section 220.78," the release stated.