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Liquor store clerk found guilty of selling vodka to Ottawa Hills teen

Nicholas Thompson

A Toledo liquor store clerk was found guilty Tuesday of selling vodka to a minor, a sale that ultimately led to the death of an Ottawa Hills teenager.

38-year-old Nicholas Thompson sold the alcohol to a teenager on Feb. 1, 2013 at Foxx Liquor on Dorr Street. He did not ask the teen to show identification.

On Tuesday, a jury convicted Thompson of selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor.

A judge immediately sentenced Thompson to six months behind bars - the maximum sentence - to be served at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

An autopsy performed on 18-year-old Brian Hoefflinger confirmed that the Ottawa Hills teen had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15percent--more than seven times the legal limit for minor drivers--when he crashed his vehicle into a tree. The high school senior had been at a party in the village prior to driving drunk.

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