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Utah beauty queen charged with possession of bombs

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jun 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

People in Washington might be astonished to hear that a woman who was recently crowned the queen in a Utah beauty pageant was charged with possession of bombs. The 18-year-old beauty queen was taken into custody along with three other people for what was described as a prank. All four of the people face the same charge of possession of bombs.

The beauty queen and her three friends were reportedly driving around neighborhoods and tossing plastic bottles that were filled with caustic chemicals at people that they knew. Nobody was reportedly injured in the incident. Prosecutors stated that there was no clear reason why they were throwing the explosive bottles at people, but that they had the potential to do a great deal of harm. Consequently, there are all facing a felony charge.

Felony bomb possession is a charge that carries a one- to fifteen-year prison sentence, if convicted. The beauty queen reportedly won a beauty pageant earlier in the summer in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. She demonstrated years of piano training and was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. All four of the teens allegedly admitted that they were tossing the bombs, which were powered by a toilet bowl cleaner reacting with aluminum foil, on sidewalks, front yards and streets to scare some of their friends. They state that it was merely a prank, but prosecutors gauge it as much more than simply a teenage prank.

Beauty pageant officials have yet to make any comment on how the incident could affect the beauty queen's chances of progressing to other beauty competitions or whether her current title will be revoked. All of the teens involved in the accident might benefit from the representation of criminal lawyers who may be able to arrange for plea bargains.

Source: Huffington Post, "Kendra McKenzie Gill, Utah Beauty Queen, Charged With Possessing Bombs", Paul Foy, August 09, 2013

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