Cleveland County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested Tonya Lynne Moss, 32, and 34-year-old Justin David Moore in relation to a party that resulted in 15-year-old Nicholas Faught’s death.
Faught was a well-liked student at Lexington High School and involved in football and baseball. Faught was found unresponsive at a home in the 16000 block of Pottawatomie Road Sunday. Faught’s funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Purcell.
Detectives were able to determine Moss and Moore had allowed juveniles to drink alcohol at their home on March 28 in Lexington. The couple was arrested during a routine traffic stop on Tuesday night.
Moss was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center on complaints of permit invitee under 21 to possess/consume alcohol resulting in death, child neglect, contributing to delinquency of minors and carrying firearms after conviction/probation.
Moore was booked on complaints of permit invitee under 21 to possess/consume alcohol resulting in death, contributing to the delinquency of minors, carrying a loaded firearm and transporting loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.
The arrest is not Moore’s or Moss’s first run-in with law enforcement. Moore was arrested last year in connection to a fatal shooting in Tecumseh. Moss was convicted a couple of years ago on drug charges
As for the alcohol charge, the sheriff’s office says this case should be a reminder that throwing a party for minors in Oklahoma can be a felony if someone is hurt or killed.
Sheriff Joe Lester said adults should never allow anyone under 21 to consume alcohol for any reason. “It’s a tragedy that a 15-year-old boy lost his life because two individuals failed to look out for the safety and well-being of him and the group of teenagers who were at their home over the weekend,” Lester said. “Both people will be held accountable and have to deal with the tough consequences of their actions. Any parent who is considering allowing children to use alcohol or drugs should remember what happened to Nicholas Faught and make the right decision.”
A preliminary examination by the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner shows no injuries that were a result of foul play.
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