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An adult was charged with a felony after supplying alcohol to minors
On July 22, 2014, the Anchorage Police Department Traffic Unit made an arrest resulting from the investigation of the Feb 20th 2014 single motor vehicle crash which claimed the life of the 17 year old driver, Brandon Muller. At the time of the crash, the vehicle was occupied by three subjects ranging in ages of 16-18. The investigation concluded all the occupants were under the influence of alcohol. The two surviving occupants and one other minor were charged with, Consumption of Alcohol by persons under 21 (AS 04.16.050).
APD Traffic Unit Fatality Investigator Steve Dunn was able to determine the source of the Alcohol. Working with the Anchorage District Attorneys’ Office Investigator Dunn obtained a criminal indictment for 30 year old Robert Lee Green III, charging him with 2 counts of Furnishing or Delivery of Alcoholic Beverages to persons under the age of 21 (AS 04.16.051 (d) 2). These charges are Class C Felonies. Mr. Green was arrested without incident and remanded at the Anchorage Jail with a $5000.00 bail. This criminal indictment is only an allegation and is not evidence of any level of guilt.
The Anchorage Police Department believes this is the first time this section of the Statute has been charged. In January of 2002, the State of Alaska 22nd Legislature introduced House Bill 330. This Bill was introduced in response to the tragic events of July 9th 2001, when Anchorage Police Officer Justin Wollam and three others were killed when an intoxicated Robert Esper collided with his patrol car. The investigation determined the alcohol consumed by Esper was provided by two adults who were charged with a misdemeanor furnishing alcohol to minors. House Bill 330 created a new subsection, a Class C Felony for those cases where the minor negligently causes death or serious injury of another while acting under the influence of alcohol. HB330 became law on 9/25/2002.
The Anchorage Police Department would like to remind our community of the significant impacts of underage drinking and encourage parents to talk to their children about drinking. Parents seeking advice on how to talk to their kids about alcohol can visit the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at NIH.gov search keywords “Make a difference”.