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Supplier of Alcohol Faces Charges of Involuntary Manslaughter

By Andi Bryant     Sep 13, 2007 in Crime
Man supplied alcohol not once, but several times, one of which resulted in the death of a teen. He faces charges in Hampshire Superior Court in Massachusetts for involuntary manslaughter and two charges of procuring alcohol for a minor.
An Easthampton, MA man pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Tuesday for involuntary manslaughter and two counts of procuring alcohol for a minor. The charges were the result of the death of a teenage girl who died from alcohol poisoning in February, and a separate incident involving six other teens.
According to, 46 year old Timothy Parent allegedly supplied alcohol for his daughter and her 15 year old friend, Alexis Garcia on February 2, in which the girls then brought the vodka to Garcia's house to drink. In just under 3 hours, Parent's daughter found Garcia face down in a tub of water. Attempts to resuscitate the girl failed and she died a few hours later at Holyoke Medical Center.
Autopsy results deemed Garcia's cause of death a drowning due to submersion, and acute alcohol poisoning.
Garcia had a blood alcohol level between 0.28 and 0.33 at the time of her death. That level is nearly four times that of what is considered intoxicated for drivers.
According to, "It may be the first time in state history that an adult has been charged with causing a minor's death by providing alcohol when the case didn't involve a motor vehicle accident, a prosecutor said."
Parent was released on personal recognizance. Involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in state prison.
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