Keg buyer gets tough sentence

Man gets 90 days after supplying alcohol

People thinking of supplying alcohol to minors may want to think twice after a sentence handed down in Moffat County Court Thursday.

Judge Mary Lynn James sent William Poe, 26, of Craig to Moffat County Jail for 90 days beginning Jan. 1 after he pled guilty to unlawful acts, a Class 2 misdemeanor. He was originally charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony, and the unlawful acts, but plea bargained to the one charge.

The charges stemmed from a party Aug. 20-21 along Moffat County Road 7. The Moffat County Sheriff's Department investigated the party where there were several assaults, damage to property and a man caught on fire.

The Sheriff's Department investigated the other crimes, but was unable to prosecute due to lack of witness cooperation.

"Unfortunately, there was nothing we could do," said Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg.

Although officials couldn't prosecute anyone for the assaults, they were able to find out who supplied the alcohol for the party which Hoberg believes is just as important.

"If there wasn't any alcohol there none of the other crimes would have taken place," said Hoberg.

Through the keg identification program set up and funded by grants obtained from the Grand Futures program, the Sheriff's Department was able to get to the bottom of who supplied the beer for the party.

"It was extremely helpful to the investigation," said sheriff's Detective K.C. Hume. "The program saves us a lot of leg work. When people become aware of what happens when this type of crime is committed, they will understand that this type of behavior will not be tolerated."

Kent Nielson, director of Grand Futures, is pleased with how the keg identification program helped the Sheriff's Department collect evidence in the case.

"You have to commend the liquor store for being responsible enough to fill out the forms," said Nielson. "I appreciate everyone who is involved; they help to make this program work it takes community support."

The keg identification program was first conceived in Routt County and since then has been put in place in Moffat and Grand counties.

Under the program, when a keg of beer is purchased there is a form filled out that identifies the purchaser and connects them to the keg through a numbered identification tag on the keg purchased.

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