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One year for vodka fatality

James HarmonA Macclenny man arrested nearly a year ago for supplying vodka to a teenage girl who later died was sentenced in county court on October 18 to a year in jail.

James Roy Harmon, 24, entered a no contest plea before Judge Joey Williams to a single count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A companion charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Mr. Harmon, who has been out on bond since his arrest on November 22 of last year, begins his jail term the evening of October 26.

He admitted to furnishing Alexis Lloyd, 14, with the shots the evening of November 17 when she, her brother and other friends showed up at the defendant’s Barber Circle residence to eat pizza.

The teen returned later that evening to her mother’s residence on Twin Oakes Lane in Glen St. Mary where she became ill. Her mother Rachel told police she checked on her daughter in a bedroom and she had stopped breathing.

The girl was flown to Shands Jacksonville that night and died November 25 at Wolfson Children’s Hospital without regaining consciousness.

Her blood alcohol level at the hospital was .08, equal to legal intoxication.

Mrs. Lloyd described her daughter, a BCHS student, as “very outgoing and free-spirited with an infectious laugh.” She also said Alexis was “not a party girl.”

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