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Mom gets prison time for teen's drinking death


BREVARD, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina woman will spend more than a year in prison for involuntary manslaughter after a teen died from alcohol poisoning he suffered during a party at her home.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Tuesday that Julie Ann Noble of Brevard was sentenced to between 16 months and 20 months in prison.

Noble was arrested after an investigation into the death at her home of 19-year-old Joseph Daniel Furr on Dec. 27, 2008. He was a student at Western Carolina University and was a friend of Noble's son.

Prosecutors presented sales receipts at Noble's trial showing that she bought Kentucky bourbon for the party that night. Furr's blood alcohol level the night he died was 0.38 percent, nearly five times the legal limit to drive.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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