Before she was a world-renowned trashy reality star, Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was criminally charged for getting minors trashed at a house party.
A party that ended with a DUI death of a classmate.
Snooki was one of three individuals charged in connection with the 2004 death of teenager Michael Truncali, a Marlboro, N.Y., High School senior at the time.
Truncali died with a BAC of .18 - more than twice the legal limit - when he crashed his car and died on Thanksgiving after drinking for hours at Snooki’s house.
He had been drinking heavily in Snooki's basement before crashing his car on his way home. Snooki was charged with Prohibited Sale of Alcoholic Beverages.
Snooki, of course, has emerged as one of the breakout stars of MTV’s hit show, where partying and binge drinking is frequently part - or all - of the episodes.
Are Snooki and her co-stars setting a terrible example?
According to police statements, the party took place in a home owned by Helen Polizzi, who is Snooki's mother. Helen was investigated but not charged.
The parents of the victim, however, do not think the entire truth has been told and they expressed conflicting emotions about Snooki's rise to stardom.
Michelle and Bill Truncali are upset how she "glorifies" alcohol consumption, and watched two Jersey Shore episodes before they "couldn’t take anymore."
She expressed some anger toward Snooki, saying: "She doesn't care about what happened to our son." But later she said: "We're not out to trash Nicole."
"I never blamed her. She was a 16-year-old (sic). I blame others."
"I am not looking for those people to get arrested, I just want the truth ... I just don't feel that parents should allow underage drinking in their homes.”
Bill and Michelle said they hope that by speaking out they will spread a message to other teens about consequences of underage drinking and driving.