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Jury acquits Chelsea man of felony charges in motorcycle crash that killed two teenagers

A jury on Wednesday acquitted Chelsea resident Eric Smallwood on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from his role in a motorcycle crash that killed two teenagers in Sharon Township in 2008.

Smallwood, 21, was convicted of a misdemeanor count of allowing alcohol consumption by minors at his home before the Nov. 7, 2008 crash off Sylvan Road. However, jurors determined he was not guilty of allowing intoxicated persons to operate a motor vehicle and causing the deaths of Ian Hughes, 18, and Anna Herter, 16. He had faced up to five years in prison. Read more: