Man enters no contest plea to providing alcohol to teens who later died

Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of two men charged with supplying alcohol to teenagers involved in a fatal crash with a police officer has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors.

Ronald Frank, 31, was originally charged with nine counts of providing alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

At a hearing Wednesday, District Judge Natalie Finn accepted Frank's plea bargain with the state, but delayed sentencing until Dec. 17.

Early in the morning of July 9, Ronald Esper, 19, ran his Blazer into a patrol car on the Glenn Highway while trying to elude police. The crash killed Esper, officer Justin Wollam and two teenage girls. A third girl was seriously injured.

Police say Frank and another man provided beer and Southern Comfort at a party the teens attended before the crash.

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