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Man sentenced in teen alcohol case

Trevor Secord died Jan. 26, 2017, at age 15

Richard E. Reinsch
By Cindy Yingst, Friday, July 6, 2018

A man accused of giving alcohol to a Warrenton High School teenager on the night he ran into traffic and was killed was sentenced this week to 10 days in jail.

Christina Secord, mother of Trevor Secord, 15, called the sentence a slap on the wrist in her statement that was read in court.

Her son had an extremely high blood-alcohol content when he jumped out of a vehicle late on the night of Jan. 26, 2017, and began running down Highway 101 north of Gearhart. He was struck by a pickup and died at the scene.

Richard Edward Reinsch, 48, of Warrenton pleaded not guilty in August to two counts of furnishing liquor to a minor. Last week, he entered a no contest plea to providing alcohol to Trevor and a second teenager.

“I’m extremely disappointed,” Christina Secord said after the hearing. “Just because they couldn’t charge him with manslaughter doesn’t mean they couldn’t prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. It just goes to show that there really are no significant consequences for these sorts of actions.”

The case was problematic because it couldn’t be proven that Reinsch’s actions were the cause of Trevor’s death or that someone else didn’t give him alcohol that night as well, the District Attorney’s Office has said.

Reinsch, who was released from custody after the hearing, also must pay Trevor’s family $1,000.

“What a joke. I’ll never see it,” his mother said. “The judge asked him two separate times if he had anything to say and he couldn’t even say ‘I’m sorry.’ There is no remorse, no empathy, no feeling of guilt at all.”

Trevor Secord

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