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Man sentenced for giving minors alcohol

December 21, 2018

A Beatrice man was sentenced to serve one year in jail on two counts related to providing alcohol to minors.

Michael A. Brooks, 26, was sentenced to serve one year in jail for negligent child abuse and one year jail for false reporting. The two sentences will run concurrently, totaling two years.

Brooks was arrested in January after a juvenile had to be transported to the hospital with a high blood-alcohol level.

Police responded to the report of a 14-year-old juvenile who was under the influence of alcohol and unresponsive. Four witnesses told police the minor had talked about consuming alcohol with Brooks before passing out.

Gage County Court documents state that witnesses said Brooks was seen with the juvenile and a large bottle of alcohol. When they confronted him, Brooks allegedly became angry and was asked to leave.

The juvenile was transported to Beatrice Community Hospital and remained unconscious for around seven hours and had a blood-alcohol level of .275.

When interviewed, Brooks appeared intoxicated and said he did not give alcohol to a minor and that he had not been drinking, himself. Documents state Brooks said that he had been at the residence all evening.

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