WARNER ROBINS — Several people have entered plea agreements related to the case of a Warner Robins teenager who wrecked and died after becoming intoxicated at a party.
Donald Paul Brock, 19, died from injuries he sustained after his car crashed into a house on Arrowhead Trail in Warner Robins, authorities said. The party was at a Kathleen home in October.
Several other Houston County young adults were drinking at the party, including Brian Kevin Tibbs, 20, who was riding with Brock and who had left the party reportedly driving Brock’s car, authorities said. Brock later took the driver’s seat.
Bruce Jenkins, 44, a Bootleggers Liquor Store clerk, was sentenced Wednesday by Judge George F. Nunn to 180 days in the county jail and three years on probation for selling alcohol to minors, District Attorney Kelly Burke said. Jenkins also was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service and pay $1,000 in fines and fees. He may not drink alcohol while on probation.
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Burke also announced several other plea deals:
Ÿ Katherine Ellen Huff, 19, and Bradley Joseph Kimball, 19, who purchased beer for the party and consumed alcohol there, were each sentenced to three years on probation, 80 hours of community service, and $1,000 in fines and fees. They also are prohibited from drinking alcohol while on probation.
Huff pleaded guilty to permitting another person to violate state law, furnishing alcohol and possessing alcohol. Kimball pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol and possessing alcohol.
Ÿ Brittany Leigh McDuffie, 20, who provided the party location and consumed alcohol at it, was sentenced to three years on probation, $1,000 in fines and fees, 80 hours of community service and no alcohol while on probation. She pleaded guilty to permitting another person to violate state law and possessing alcohol.
Ÿ Kaylie Raquel Hundley, 19, who attended the party, entered into a pretrial diversion program. If she completes 12 months of probation, the charges of furnishing alcohol and possessing alcohol will be dismissed, and the charges will be expunged. She also was fined $200, must complete 80 hours of community service and cannot consume alcohol while on probation.
Three others previously entered pleas in the case. Chad Anthony Hamilton, 20, Justin Kyle Sigmon, 19, and Richard Alan Rubinski, 20, who all attended the party, received pretrail diversion, were ordered to serve 12 months on probation, were fined $200, were ordered to complete 80 hours of community service and cannot consume alcohol while on probation. If each one successfully completes probation, the charges of furnishing alcohol and possession of alcohol against each also will be expunged, Burke said.
All of the young people also were required to attend an alcohol awareness course as a part of their sentences.
Originally, Jenkins, McDuffie, Huff and Kimball were each indicted by a Houston County grand jury on a vehicular homicide charge. Jenkins’ plea agreement included serving six months in the county jail after he took responsibility for his part in selling alcohol to minors, Burke said.
“It was never our intent for the young people involved in this case to go to prison,” Burke said. “They lost a friend that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. It could have been any one of them.”
Burke said he hopes the case served as a wake-up call, not only to those involved but to all who heard about the case: There are serious consequences for drinking under age.
Meanwhile, Nealkanth Patel, 28, the store owner, Tibbs, and Lindi Nicole Skeen, 20, were each charged with vehicular homicide and are awaiting trial. Trey Hilderbrand, 20, who was charged with possessing alcohol underage at the party, has not yet been to court.
The Telegraph’s archives were used in this report. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 923-3109, extension 243.