Four young men who live in four different Sanpete County towns have been arraigned in 6th Circuit Court on charges stemming from the bombing of the Mark Bezzant home in Mt. Pleasant on Halloween night.
Arrested by Mt. Pleasant Police Officer Chris Larsen following an intensive investigation that involved the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were Heath Cook, 18, Moroni; John L. Cook, 18, Fountain Green; Thomas M. Davis, 19, Wales; and Ricky R. Goble, 20, Mt. Pleasant.The four were charged with the construction or possession of an infernal machine - in this case a homemade acetylene bomb - a third-degree felony, and with conspiracy to construct or possess an infernal machine, a Class A Misdemeanor.
They are accused of placing the bomb on the fence at the Bezzant home Oct. 31 about 11 p.m. The explosion damaged the fence and blew out a basement window in the home.
The bombing was apparently the culminating incident in a series of acts of harassment and vandalism directed at Bezzant, in his second year as principal of North Sanpete High School, which led to his resignation and the departure of the Bezzant family from the area.
Following the bombing, the North Sanpete School District offered a $500 award that led to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. At their arraignment the four men chose to consult with their attorneys before their preliminary hearing. Judge David L. Mower instructed them to appear before him at the Sanpete County courthouse on Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. at which the date for the preliminary hearing will be set.
Investigating officer Larsen, who filed the charges, said that the federal ATF officers had employed trained dogs in helping with the investigation.
Although the case could be tried before a federal magistrate, ATF recommended that it be handled through the Sixth District Court, according to Sanpete County Attorney Ross P. Blackham.