Leland man charged after teen dies from alcohol poisoning

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Troy Lee Benson (Photo: BCSO)

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Leland man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after police say he gave alcohol to a teenage girl who died from drinking too much in December.

Leland Police say the department investigated the death of 18-year-old Katelyn Lea Barnes who was at a home on Woodford Road around 2:00 p.m. on December 18.

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Following an autopsy and toxicology screening, police determined she died from alcohol poisoning.

Troy Lee Benson, 48, of Woodford Road is charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and Giving Spirituous Liquor to a person less than 21 years of age.

Benson was served with warrants Tuesday and was transported to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he received a $50,000 secured bond.



He has since bonded out.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Berry at the Leland Police Department at (910) 371-1100.