Deadly ATV accident - Man Arrested for Buying Alcohol for Minor

Deadly ATV accident - Man Arrested for Buying Alcohol for Minor

Continuing coverage on a story we first told you about 4 months ago. 16 year old Clinton Norris died in an ATV accident.
Continuing coverage on a story we first told you about 4 months ago.

16 year old Clinton Norris died in an ATV accident.

We’ve now learned what went on before the crash.

Police say the man who they think bought alcohol for Norris, is facing years behind bars – 27 year old Kent Richland. Today, I pulled his criminal record - turns out, he's been arrested before - for the same thing.

Police say underage drinking is a serious problem, so they hope - and the family hopes that we can all learn something from this tragedy - don't buy alcohol for minors.

"He had severe head trauma, but he had not only a working heart, but a golden heart," Alan Norris said.

Clinton Norris' dad talked with me the day after his son died.

"There’s a hundred things I wish I’d done different," Norris said.

While it's too late to bring Clinton back, police plan to hold 27 year old Kent Richland of Shelburne accountable for his death. They think Richland bought the alcohol that deadly night - Norris had a blood alcohol level of .115.

"It was just someone that he knew that he could buy alcohol from," Officer Brian Fox said, of the Hinesburg Police Department.

Richland’s criminal record shows he's been arrested for buying alcohol for a minor before - just this last September, but the case was dismissed in July.

Richland was scheduled to be in court next week to answer to the charges, but police say that likely won't happen because there's brand new information in this case, they say there could be a second arrest, Patrick poon.

Police think both poon and Richland may have been involved.

"If you do buy alcohol for a minor, that you could go to jail for this, this is a serious crime," Officer Fox said.

Also a message to Clinton’s many friends.

The Norris family declined to comment on camera this time, but told they were moving along in the healing process, but the events of this week have been difficult.  

"We’re all going to miss him - wish I could have took his place," Alan Norris said.

If convicted, Kent Richland could spend five years behind bars.

We did reach out to him, but did not hear back.

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