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Pa. man receives two-month sentence

February 08, 2001|By STACEY DANZUSO, Chambersburg

Pa. man receives two-month sentence



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Scotland, Pa., man charged with furnishing alcohol to a teenager who was later killed in a car accident last year will spend two months in county jail.

"Nobody is going to be happy with this sentence. The court feels a short period of incarceration is necessary," said Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker Wednesday.

Chad Edward Vaughn, 23, admitted he purchased a bottle of Bacardi Spice Rum on April 21 to drink with three underage friends.

Timothy Reed, 18, of Chambersburg, died later that night after he drove off the road on his way home. He had a blood alcohol content of .2 percent, according to court records.

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Vaughn's attorney, Greg Abeln, asked Walker to consider a probationary sentence, saying his client had been punished enough.

"Chad graduated from Shippensburg University with an elementary education degree. (With his conviction), his career in teaching is done," Abeln said. "Chad's whole life history surrounds working with kids and doing volunteer work."

Vaughn told Walker he was sorry for what he had done.

"I know the word sorry won't take away the pain of what's happened, but I am sorry. Tim was my friend," he said.

Walker imposed a mandatory $1,000 fine for furnishing intoxicants and ordered Vaughn to perform 80 hours of community service in addition to serving a two- to 12-month sentence at Franklin County Prison.

"I think your are a good kid. You didn't cause Tim Reed's death, but you contributed to it," Walker said. "The end result is what we have to look at."

Walker told a visibly upset Vaughn the sentence "doesn't mean your life is over."

"You've got your whole life ahead of you. You made one mistake. Don't throw you life away, that would make it a double tragedy," Walker said. "Go and make something of yourself."

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