Lieser given eight-month jail sentence

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 2/18/97.

Gary Lieser, 45, former St. Martin bar owner, on Friday was sentenced in Stearns County District Court by Judge Richard Ahles to eight months in jail for serving alcohol to three minors.
Lieser will serve time through the Huber work-release program, which allows inmates to work during the day and report to jail in the evenings.

Judge Ahles also ordered Lieser not to work in another bar or off-sale liquor store. Lieser sold the Short Stop in December and will not be allowed to step foot into the Silver Spur Saloon in St. Martin, which is owned by his wife, Sandy.

Lieser pleaded guilty to three counts of providing alcohol to minors: James Arceneau, Albany; Brent Schmitz and Ryan Shay, Albany. Schmitz and Shay died in a May 1996 accident after Arceneau drove 98 miles per hour and flipped his car. Tests showed ArceneauĻs blood-alcohol content was .14, SchmitzĻs was .24 and ShayĻs .13.

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