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Pa. man pleads guilty in alcohol case

August 29, 2000

Pa. man pleads guilty in alcohol case



By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man charged with furnishing alcohol to minors in connection with the death of a teenager last year entered a guilty plea Monday in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Richard A. Gossert, 37, of 48 W. Fourth St., pleaded guilty to two of the six counts filed against him by Waynesboro police earlier this year, according to court records. Four other charges of furnishing alcohol to minors will be dismissed, according to court records.

At 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 14, 1999, Seth Warford, 16, of 216 W. Fourth St., was killed when he was run over on South Potomac Street near the Fourth Street intersection.

A southbound driver saw Warford lying in the northbound lane, stopped and tried to wave off northbound traffic, but Warford was struck by two cars, according to court records.

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The cause of death was a blow to the head, but an autopsy showed that Warford was intoxicated at the time of his death, according to court records. Warford's blood alcohol level was 0.21 percent, more than twice the legal limit for intoxication in Pennsylvania, according to Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner.

The affidavit of probable cause said that Warford and a 15-year-old girl had been at Gossert's house earlier in the day drinking grain alcohol. The affidavit said the two went to High Rock just across the Maryland border and later returned to Gossert's house and drank more grain alcohol.

When Gossert was charged earlier this year, court records indicated he was also charged with having supplied alcohol to Warford two days earlier and with supplying alcohol to two other minors. Gossert pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol to Warford and another teenager on Nov. 12, two days before the fatal accident.

Public defender Robert J. Trambley said he was unaware of any significance to Gossert pleading guilty to the earlier incidents. All of the charges were third-degree misdemeanors that carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Gossert, who is free on bond, entered the plea before Judge John R. Walker. He is scheduled for sentencing on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

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