Man convicted of buying liquor in teen crash

October 15, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A Mount Airy man was convicted yesterday of buying the malt liquor that contributed to a 1993 crash in which three teen-agers died.

A Carroll County jury deliberated almost five hours before finding Milton Stanley Bowens Jr., 25, guilty of reckless endangerment and furnishing alcohol to minors.

Bowens, who did not have an attorney, knew going into the trial that gaining an acquittal would be tough. He noted in a brief interview that he was a black man with a high school education, up against two senior attorneys arguing before an all-white jury and a white judge.

He said he had not expected to represent himself, but Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. declined to delay his trial while he sought a lawyer.

The jury of 10 men and two women indicated it believed Bowens bought a case of 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor and gave it to two of eight teen-agers who crammed into a stolen Toyota Corolla that, a few hours later on June 6, flipped over on Liberty Road near the Carroll-Baltimore County line.

When he is sentenced Dec. 19, Bowens, who denied buying the liquor, faces five years in prison and nearly $6,000 in fines.

The unlicensed driver, Donny Eugene Simms, testified against Bowens, his cousin.

The wreck claimed the lives of Donny Simms' sister, Donna, and two of his best friends, Dink Eric Diggs and Christopher Norris. All three were 15.

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