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Booze Buyer Todd Combs Gets One Year in Stepson’s Drowning

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Todd Combs, the stepfather of Christopher Marks who drowned in the Meramec River August 5, 2012.

Todd Combs, the stepfather of Christopher Marks who drowned in the Meramec River August 5, 2012.

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - An Affton man who admitted giving his 12-year-old stepson alcohol before he drowned in the Meramec River last August was sentenced Monday to a year in jail, and two years probation.

Todd Combs, 43, pleaded guilty in May to seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Combs admitted providing alcohol to Christopher Marks and six other teens during a Sunday evening family outing at the Pacific Palisades Conservation Area.

During the outing, Marks left to use a rope swing over the river. His body was found two days later several miles downstream.

Investigators were never able to determine how much Marks drank before his death, because of the decomposition of his body in the water.

Under the terms of his sentence, Combs will be on probation for two years after he gets out of jail.  During probation he will have to wear an alcohol-detection bracelet to prove he’s sober.

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