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Man pleads guilty to buying alcohol in fatal teen DWI crash

Posted May 9, 2012

— A Raleigh man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from the death of a Millbrook High School student who was killed in a DWI crash in January.

Anthony Du Juan Geter, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of purchasing alcohol for a minor. He was sentenced to 12 months' probation and 24 hours of community service and was ordered to pay a $50 fine, plus court costs.

Agents with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement say Geter purchased a bottle of rum for Garrett Prince, a 16-year-old charged with driving while impaired, felony death by motor vehicle and other charges in the death of Elizabeth Molloy.

Molloy was riding with Prince on Jan. 7 when he lost control of his Jeep in north Raleigh, hit a mailbox and crashed into a tree. She died from blunt-force trauma to her head.

A wreck report indicated Prince's SUV was traveling 75 mph in a 30 mph zone. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.29.

Geter had no comment Wednesday after his plea.

Several other people also face charges in the case: Hannah R. Smith, 18, who hosted an underage drinking party that Molloy and Prince attended, and Samantha M. McKinney, 17, and an unidentified 15-year-old who helped buy the liquor.

Prince, Smith and McKinney are also Millbrook High students.


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  • smegma May 11, 2012

    dude is 21. practically still a kid. he probably has lots of friends underage. i think the sentence is quite fair if he has no prior record. it was a horrible mistake by all involved

  • dehowell2 May 10, 2012

    This sentence is a joke. How many people have to die before someone, mainly the courts and legislature, wake up and give terms in prison to fit the crime. Makes me sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cwbauer55 May 10, 2012

    it is sad but we all have done stupid things as a young person and i bet a lot of us have had someone buy us beer when we could not. i could buy beer at 18 back in the day.but every body got in the car on thier own free will. and at that age we fear nothing. we all need to look back at what we did at that age before we throw rocks at a glass house.we just did not get caught

  • cpmccols May 10, 2012

    AS400_guru - He was not driving, therefore cannot be charged with felony death by motor vehicle. Death by motor vehicle is a charge against the driver. Just as someone texting a driver who kills someone cannot be charged with death by motor vehicle.

  • cpmccols May 10, 2012

    kyrain1974 - He did not force the teenagers to drink. It was a tragic case and the kid who drove should have known better than to drink and drive, especially that drunk. As tragic as it is, all people who drink underage get their alcohol from somewhere, whether it be parents, siblings or strangers and no one could fathom something of this nature happening.

  • disgusted2010 May 10, 2012

    I am truly amazed at some of the posters on GOLO, hate law enforcement, advocate underage drinking, smoking marijuana, generally violating the law. I certainly hope that the posters here are not representative of our society as a whole, if so this country is headed the way of ancient Rome.

  • kyrain1974 May 10, 2012

    This Saddens me.......... Only Probation and a Fine? No Different than a Slap on the wrist for him and a Slap in the face to the girls Family :(

  • justiceman May 10, 2012

    People please don't be facetious. This is a serious issue and it saddens me. Thinking about this I can't eat or sleep. This situation is very dear to me.

  • gabewilliams12 May 10, 2012

    Probation?????? ARE YOU SERIOUS?

  • as400_guru May 10, 2012

    Why was this guy NOT charged with felony death by motor vehicle as well?