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Himes gets four years in prison for alcohol poisoning

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Pierce City man was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday for his role in the alcohol poisining death of a Verona teenager.

Brandon Himes, 24, will now serve time behind bars after he pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of second degree involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of 18-year-old Jessica Murphy.

Himes' sentencing took place in Lawrence County Circuit Court with Judge Robert S. Wiley handing down the judgment. The case was transferred from Barry County on a change of venue.

The parents of Murphy, who died following a party at 512 Frisco St. in Monett on March 3, 2007, asked Judge Wiley to sentence Himes to the maximum punishment. The judge also heard testimony from seven other family members.

In pleading guilty, Himes admitted to pouring 12 ounces of tequila and 12 ounces of vodka into a funnel, called a "beer bong," which Murphy drank. Murphy was found dead the next morning in a bedroom of the house where the party was held.

An autopsy revealed that Murphy's blood alcohol content was .406, five times the legal limit.

Himes was also sentenced to one year in Lawrence County Jail for supplying liquor to a minor. That sentence will run concurrently with his time in state prison.

The case against Himes was prosecuted by Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox. Himes was represented by Cassville attorney John Lewright.

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