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Gastineau's Bond Set At $10,000

February 24, 2014, 5:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Gastineau's Bond Set At $10,000
Tyrone Gastineau


Bond is set at $10,000 for the man who is suspected of buying booze for two teenagers who crashed their car and died a week ago.

42-year-old Tyrone Gastineau made his first court appearance Monday afternoon and as we found out, it's not the first time he's been charged with providing alcohol to a minor.

According to court papers, Gastineau admitted to buying vodka for 17-year-old Raphie Phan and 19-year-old Amanda Doty just hours before their vehicle rolled on a rural Minnehaha County road near the Sioux Falls landfill.

This isn't the first time Gastineau has been charged with supplying alcohol to minors.  He has a long record with a couple of failures to appear in court in other states. 

But in 2012, Gastineau was arrested in Minnehaha County for buying booze for teenagers and got out of jail on the condition he has no similar offenses.

But now, he's charged again with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor.  They're misdemeanors, meaning if convicted, he could only spend a little more than two years in jail, which some may say is not harsh enough after two young lives were lost.

"In general, there are often times cases where we wish we had a lot more available looking at the circumstances surrounding the event.  We try to be aggressive with the statutes that do apply.  There are other statutes that don't apply that we wish we could bring into play, but that's not always the case," Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan said.

When Gastineau was arrested last week, authorities said he was packing his bags and getting ready to leave for Arizona to stay with his mom.  The judge said because of that information, he kept Gastineau's bail at $10, 000, which he also said is unusually high for a misdemeanor case.

But even prosecutors say this is no ordinary case.

"Anytime you purchase alcohol for a minor that is a serious offense and we will prosecute those cases very aggressively in Minnehaha County," McGowan said.

McGowan says his office prosecutes 45 to 60 cases a year where someone has supplied alcohol to a minor.

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