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Seal pleads no contest to charge in alcohol-related death of 19-year old

An individual who served beer to a 19-year-old Fallbrook man, who later died in a drunk-driving collision, has pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

While earlier stories by other publications erroneously claim he had pleaded guilty, Shane Seal, 22, pleaded no contest in the furnishing of alcohol to Sean Walker Jordan, 19, at a house party in December 2008.

Jordan was a graduate of Fallbrook High School, a student at Miramar College in San Diego, and a fire explorer with an EMT certificate of completion. Jordan was fatally injured in an automobile collision on SR76 at 3:23 a.m. on December 20, 2008 after losing control of his vehicle and hitting a car on SR76. Investigators on the case found his blood-alcohol level to be more than two times the legal limit.

It was not solely Seal who had a hand in Jordan's death.

After leaving Seal's house, state investigators say Jordan drove to the Fallbrook home of Sheri Lee Windbigler, 45, the mother of a friend. There, he allegedly drank more before leaving and getting in the fatal wreck.

The Alcohol Beverage Control’s (ABC) TRACE unit recommended in October 2009 that the San Diego County District Attorney’s office charge Seal with “buying and providing” alcohol to a minor and Windbigler with violating the social host ordinance law.

According to Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens, Seal was sentenced last week to three years probation and levied a $500 fine. He must also complete a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) victim impact class and volunteer 24 hours at an alcohol treatment program.

Windbigler has been charged with violating the county's social host ordinance for allegedly failing to supervise Jordan and other minors to keep them from drinking at her home.

The misdemeanor crime is punishable with a fine up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. Windbigler's trial is scheduled for March 24.

 

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