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Ohio Store Clerk Convicted In Liquor Sale Case

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A former liquor store clerk in Toledo has been convicted of selling vodka to a 17-year-old boy whose friend died later that day in a drunken driving crash.

A judge on Tuesday sentenced 38-year-old Nicholas Thompson to six months in prison just after a jury found him guilty.

Thompson had denied the misdemeanor charge. He said in an interview last year with a state agent that he didn’t remember making the sale.

A teenager, Blake Pappas, testified that Thompson didn’t ask for an ID before selling him a bottle of vodka on Feb. 1, 2013.

Later that day, one of his friends, 18-year-old Brian Hoeflinger, died in a crash after drinking the liquor at a friend’s birthday party and then driving.

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