Man convicted of illegal alcohol sales

Published 11:00 pm Monday, April 16, 2012

A man convicted on charges relating to selling alcohol without a license from a shot house lost an appeal Monday and will be sentenced on May 23.

After more than an hour of deliberation, a jury found Charles Williams guilty of possession of alcohol for sale without a license, selling alcohol without a license, possession of untaxed alcohol (moonshine), and selling alcohol on a Sunday.

Williams was found to be selling beer and liquor out of a location at 1125 B N. Three Notch St. in Troy known as the Obama Social Club.

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According to testimony Monday, Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Agent Jeffrey Owens received complaints by way of the City of Troy that there were crowds, loud music and alcohol consumption at the location.

On Sept. 18, 2011, an undercover ABC agent went into the Obama Social Club and purchased a Bud Light for $2 from Williams, according to Owens’ and the undercover agent’s testimony.

On Sept. 25, 2011, agents raided the Obama Social Club and confiscated more than 120 beers, about five half-gallon bottles of liquor and a one-gallon jug of moonshine.

William’s lawyer, Joseph Fitzpatrick, argued that if the burden of proof was on the prosecution, there wasn’t much proof. Fitzpatrick noted there was no recorded wire conversation between the undercover agent and Williams, no video surveillance, and the Bud Light can presented as photo evidence during trial had not been dusted for fingerprints.

Brandon Coots, attorney for the City of Troy, said those methods of evidence aren’t required.

“These are simple facts that we’ve been able to present. Undisputed facts,” Coots said as he addressed the jury.”

Judge Thomas Head delayed imposition of a sentence until a sentencing hearing on May 23.

Williams is also scheduled to appear in court on April 24 for charges stemming from two other ABC raids at a different location. Williams was arrested on January 12 and February 22 for selling alcohol without a license at 6043 Highway 87 in the Spring Hill community.