Accused Of Supplying Alcohol To Minors 3 Times

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

A metro man said he learned his lesson after a fatal crash. But he's back -- accused of buying alcohol for minors once again.

"I remember quite a bit, it was just so quick, it happened very fast. How unfortunate, I just hope that everyone sees that and realizes that it's something that can happen so fast," said Joseph Beaudoin.

Those were the words of Beaudoin, less than a year ago, as he reflected on the night of September 28, 2010.

That night two cars collided at 64th and Pacific. The driver, 18-year-old Amanda Meyers was killed.

"It's just something that you don't expect to happen to you, and you don't expect it to happen to your friends or anything,” Beaudoin said.

Beaudoin was riding in the car and later convicted of supplying alcohol to minors at his home. He appeared in court, admitted his fault, and served his time.

“Said the things that you would expect, that he was remorseful and that he was understanding of his role in this thing and to learn that he apparently is accused again of the same behavior is very difficult to understand,” Omaha City Prosecutor Marty Conboy said.

Tuesday night, this time in Bellevue, police busted a party at Beaudoin’s apartment. This time, officers handed out tickets to 13 minors in possession and one to Beaudoin for procuring alcohol to minors.

“It's very scary that this many kids would gather at this guy's house,” said Bellevue Police Captain Herb Evers.

This wasn't the first time Bellevue Police were called to this apartment. On July 13, police saw underage drinkers, knocked on the door and eventually obtained a search warrant, writing 8 MIP's and another ticket to Beaudoin.

Conboy and Evers say it's obvious he didn't learn his lesson the first time.

“We're hoping that on this issue, when it gets to court... that the courts slap him hard. Apparently it's the only was he's gonna get the message,” Evers said.

“It's a rare thing that somebody would not only repeat offenses when they've been seriously sentenced, when they supposedly recognized were responsible for someone's death, that they would repeat that conduct is hard for me to imagine,” Conboy said.

Beaudoin’s Douglas County case is closed. He served his time and has since moved to Sarpy County. We tried to contact him, but he didn’t answer the door.

Currently, supplying alcohol to a minor is considered a misdemeanor in the state of Nebraska; however, a new state law, that takes affect January 1, says anyone who's convicted of supplying alcohol to a minor that's then involved in a fatal crash, is charged with a felony.

Bellevue Police say this is the first time they've had multiple charges for the same crime. There is not precedent for this kind of charge.


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