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Charges levied at party youths
Teen drinking party results in Clancy death


“It was a very untimely and senseless death,” said Knox County Sheriff Tim Hutchison in a press conference Tuesday about the death of Holly Ann Clancy, a sophomore at Farragut High School who died following an automobile accident last Friday night on Snyder Road. Clancy’s funeral was held at the same time as the press briefing when Hutchison outlined additional charges filed in the case.

Justin Manning, 17, has been charged with vehicular homicide. He is being held at a juvenile detention facility. Hutchison added Knox County Attorney General Randy Nichols will “more than likely” move to have Manning tried as an adult.


Manning, currently on juvenile probation, was driving Clancy home following a party held at the Neely residence, located on Lovell View Drive. As of press time, testing on Manning’s blood alcohol level had not been completed but Hutchison confirmed Manning told officers he had consumed eight or nine beers that night.

Shawn Neely, 18, also serving juvenile probation, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

“… Shawn hosted the party and Shawn also got a-hundred-and-twenty dollars out of his mother’s account unbeknownst to her, an unauthorized removal of the money to purchase the beer,” Hutchison said.

The alcohol was purchased by West Knox County resident Josh Hutchens, 21, who is also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

“He did so knowing that he was purchasing those beverages for underage individuals that would be at the party,” Hutchison said.

Hutchens was released from the Knox County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond; as of press time, Neely remained there also under a $10,000 bond.

Chris Nelson, a 16-year-old student at Farragut High School also on probation prior to the party, is charged with the Class D felony of lying to police officers, Hutchison added.

“That is a charge that we rarely use but in this particular case he was one of the first ones that these officers talked to and did lie to the officers in an effort to cover and conceal the identity and the relation of the party and the acts of others contributing to the death,” he said.

“It took me five hours to find a way to personally identify this girl,” said Sgt. Heather Reyda, who was on the accident scene. “The sadness that I feel I won’t be able to ever explain to anybody because I am a mother.”

Neely’s mother was out of town at the time and not aware of the party that about eight or nine additional people attended, Hutchison said.

The sheriff’s advice to parents? “… know exactly where your children are at all times, even when they hit fifteen, sixteen, seventeen and eighteen. … if you’re gonna leave the house and you leave one or more children there, somebody needs to be checking on them every evening, make sure they’re not gonna have a big party,” he said.

He added that especially this time of year, the KCSD often receives calls about such parties.

“Usually it’s not just eight or nine, it’s fifty to a hundred that show up at these parties,” he said.

Hutchison added he believes that everyone at the party was drinking alcohol.

“Laws are in place to protect juveniles,” he said. “There is a reason that there is an age before you can start buying alcoholic beverages. … Anyone that is gonna circumvent those laws in order to assist those that are underage, then we are going to go after those individuals and we’re going to pursue it very aggressively.”

 

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