Jan. 2, 2017- ROCKLAND, MAINE — A 20-year-old Maine man who provided alcohol and drugs to two female teenagers will serve 16 months in prison. The two girls were put on life support for alcohol poisoning in February 2016. Ryan Newbert was sentenced Dec. 28, 2016 to four and a half years in prison with all but 16 months suspended. Newbert pleaded guilty in July 2016 to two counts of furnishing liquor to minors and two counts of aggravated unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs.
Newbert’s grandmother, Brenda Shepard, 64, of Rockland, who purchased the vodka for her grandson, pleaded guilty in October 2016 to two counts of furnishing liquor to minors. According to the court documents, Rockland Police responded to a call about a man witnessing what appeared to be an unconscious female “being stuffed into a car” near a Dunkin Donuts before it sped off. After stopping the car, police found two unconscious females in the back seat. EMS transported the girls to Pen Bay Medical Center where they were put on life support before being flown via LifeFlight to Maine Medical Center in Portland.
On March 1, Detective Joel Neal interviewed the victims at Maine Medical. They told Neal that they went to Newbert’s apartment to “hang out” and both snorted a crushed lorazapam which he later admitted to police that he provided to the girls, according to the police affidavit. Newbert then spoke to his grandmother, Brenda Shepard, 63, of Rockland, about purchasing the alcohol. The girls told Neal they were drinking vodka with Newbert and ended up at Lucia Beach State Park. They said they continued drinking the vodka and do not remember anything after that, according to the police affidavit.
Rockland Police Sgt. Don Finnegan said in an earlier press release that both victims were successfully treated and were doing well.