Gatesville: Women who provided alcohol to teens before deadly crash sentenced

Published: Nov. 15, 2019 at 11:55 AM CST
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Brittany Hallman, 47, and her daughter Morgan Hallman, 25, both of Gatesville, who were named in multi-count indictments charging providing alcohol to a minor following a crash in April that left two local high school students dead, will spend the next two years on probation after pleading guilty to furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Kyle Tennison and Ethan Sandell, both 16, died at around 1 a.m. on April 27 after the driver of the 2003 Chevrolet pickup in which they were riding lost control of the truck, which left the roadway and crashed into a tree on Cedar Ridge Road about one-half mile north of Old Osage Road outside of Gatesville.

The two were sophomores at Gatesville High School.

A third teenager survived the crash.

Sources with knowledge of the case told KWTX the teenagers were at a party at Brittany Hallman’s home before the deadly crash.

Morgan Hallman was sentenced Thursday to two years on probation, fined $500 and ordered to pay $302 in court costs after pleading guilty to furnishing alcohol to a minor.

She was also ordered to complete a Victim’s Impact Panel within six months.

Her mother was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail, fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $302 in court costs, but the judge suspended the jail sentence and placed her on probation for two years.

However, Brittany Hallman will spend some time behind bars.

The judge ordered her to serve one-day jail terms from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 12 specific days including Thanksgiving Day 2019 and 2020; Christmas Day 2019 and 2020; Jan. 20, 2020 and 2021, which was Kyle Tennison’s birthday; and Feb. 2, 2020 and 2021, which was Ethan Sandell’s birthday.

She must also pay the fine and the court costs and must also complete the Victim’s Impact Panel.

The two were arrested on May 22 and were later released after posting bond after they turned themselves in following their indictment.

Brittany Hallman, whose bonds totaled $32,000, was named in an indictment handed up on May 21 charging 10 counts of providing alcohol to a minor, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of making a false statement to police.

She was accused of "contributing alcohol to a minor, (and) intentionally or knowingly (destroying or concealing) alcoholic containers with (the) intent to impair its availability as evidence in the investigation or official proceeding," according to the indictments.

She was also accused of making a false statement when she told an investigator "she was not present at 408 Cedar Ridge during the time persons under the age of 21 were consuming alcohol on April 26 or April 27" at the residence, according to the indictments.

Her daughter, whose bonds totaled $25,000, was named in a 10-count indictment that charges providing alcohol to a minor.

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