Harlan man sentenced to 5 years over alcohol that killed teen


July 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

HARLAN, Iowa (AP) — A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for taking alcohol to a Harlan party where a teenager drank it and later died.

Dustin Thomas, of Crescent, pleaded guilty earlier this month to supplying alcohol to someone under legal age, resulting in death. The Omaha World-Herald reports he was sentenced Friday in Shelby County District Court.

Seventeen-year-old Julio Caceres was found unconscious at a party in Harlan last October and died two days later at a hospital. An autopsy showed he choked on vomit.

Court records say Thomas told investigators he took a bottle of whiskey to the party. The complaint says several witnesses reported that Caceres drank a large amount from the bottle.