Man charged with providing marijuana to teen shooter

Posted: Wednesday, June 04, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) An 18-year-old man has been charged with providing marijuana to a 14-year-old boy two days before the boy shot another teen in March.

James M. Drury was indicted last week on a felony charge of misconduct involving a controlled substance. Drury is accused of providing marijuana to James Gillen on March 29.

Prosecutors have charged Gillen with second-degree murder in the March 31 shooting of Ben Schertz, 14, while Gillen was under the influence of marijuana. Gillen also was charged with weapons misconduct and assault. Prosecutors said Gillen pointed a gun at other people in the days leading up to the shooting.

Drury's charging documents cite an Alaska law that allows a person to be charged with felony misconduct involving a controlled substance for providing marijuana or other drugs to a person who is younger than 19 and at least three years younger than the drug provider.

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