Man who bought teens beer to serve jail time

By David J. Stewart

PHOTO: Pierre Boujon Bought beer for teens who were later killed in an alcohol- related car accident

An under-aged man who bought beer for teenagers killed in a November car accident agreed Tuesday to serve two months in jail, a sentence a prosecutor said should send a message as graduation season nears.

Pierre Boujon, 20, provided beer for Sean Larimer and his friends hours before the 16-year-old crashed his vehicle into a wall in a Henderson neighborhood, killing his 15-year-old friends, Kyle Poff, Travis Dunning and Josh Parry.

Larimer had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19 percent and was driving 80 mph in a 25 mph zone.

"This case is very significant because this guy provided alcohol to the minors, especially Sean Larimer, who crashed the car and killed three people," Chief Deputy District Attorney Frank Ponticello said. "With high school graduation right around the corner, people should know if they provide alcohol to minors we are are going to prosecute them."

Boujon's attorney, Randall Pike, said prosecutors tried to make a statement by requiring jail time as part of a plea deal. Defendants accused of similar charges typically are fined and ordered to take anti-drunk-driving classes, he said.

However, Boujon believes his jail time may send a valuable message to others, Pike said.

"My client feels that if he has to do 60 days in jail as punishment for what he did, and if it will have an impact on someone else buying alcohol for minors, it's 60 days put to use," Pike said after Tuesday's hearing in Henderson Justice Court.

Boujon pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of being a minor in possession of alcohol, using a false identification to purchase alcohol and providing alcohol to minors. Boujon purchased an 18-pack and a 12-pack of beer, according to police.

He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, required to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service.

Boujon was sentenced to 16 months in jail. However, Judge Pro Tem Melanie Tobiasson suspended that sentence and instead ordered him to spend 60 days in jail and to stay out of trouble and not consume alcohol for a year. Should he fail to comply with the terms of his agreement, he could be required to serve the full 16 months.

Henderson police reports state Boujon initially denied that he bought beer for the high school students.

When police later confronted Boujon with video surveillance from a store showing him buying the beer, Boujon admitted purchasing the alcohol.

Larimer pleaded guilty to drunken driving and reckless driving charges in February as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced to two years in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center and ordered to perform 600 hours of community service.

According to police reports, there was no evidence that Larimer or his passengers were wearing seat belts. Like Larimer, all three of the boys who died were drinking that night. Dunning had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent. Poff's blood-alcohol content was 0.13 percent and Parry's was 0.08 percent.

After the crash, detectives interviewed numerous witnesses who were with the boys the night of the crash. They learned that a teenage acquaintance of the teens, 14-year-old Danielle Roman, had hosted a party at her residence in the 1300 block of European Drive in Henderson.

Police, according to one report, learned from a neighbor "that the home is a frequent hangout for teens and that there have been several parties at the residence in the past."

Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul said police submitted to city prosecutors a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor against Roman's mother, Pamela Roman. However, the charge was not pursued, Paul said.

City prosecutors couldn't be reached for comment late Tuesday.


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