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Associated Press, Published May 18 2013

MN bartender charged with serving underage customer who later died

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — A Minnesota bartender is charged with serving alcohol to an underage customer who drowned in a nearby pond after leaving the bar last month.

The Hennepin County sheriff's office says 21-year-old Rebekah Thomas of Maple Grove was charged Friday with selling liquor to someone under 21, a gross misdemeanor.

The sheriff's office says an investigation found that Thomas had served alcohol to 20-year-old Andrew Pitts of Brooklyn Park without asking for identification.

Witnesses told investigators that Pitts was a friend of Thomas. Pitts left the Maple Grove bar, walked onto a pond and fell through the ice April 26.