By DAVID DISHNEAU
The Associated Press
CUMBERLAND, Md. - Seven former and current Frostburg State University students were convicted Friday of selling alcohol without a license to a freshman who drank himself to death at a fraternity party.
Prosecutors, however, dropped the more serious charges of manslaughter and reckless endangerment as part of a plea agreement.
Allegany County Circuit Judge J. Frederick Sharer gave each defendant a 90-day suspended jail sentence. He also sentenced each to five years probation, and ordered each to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.
Sharer said he was convinced the state could not have proven the men were directly responsible for the death of John E. Stinner, 20, of Glassport, Pa. Stinner was found dead in his dormitory room last Nov. 9 with a .34 percent blood alcohol level, more than three times the level at which someone is considered to be legally intoxicated.