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8 Students Charged In Party Death

Tue., Feb. 11, 1997, midnight

Eight students at Frostburg State University were charged with manslaughter in the alcohol poisoning death of a freshman who got drunk at a fraternity party.

The freshman, John Eric Stinner, 20, consumed at least six beers and 12 shots of vodka in two hours at the off-campus Kappa Beta Zeta party, Allegany County State’s Attorney Lawrence V. Kelly said Monday.

Friends carried Stinner back to his dormitory room, where he was found dead on Nov. 9 with a blood alcohol content of 0.34 percent, more than three times the legally intoxicated level of 0.10 percent.

Stinner, of Glassport, Pa., and other underage drinkers had paid a $3 admission fee to the party, Kelly said.

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