A man has pleaded guilty to a charge of felony criminal mischief in a shooting incident but denied allegations he fired at the LDS Church's St. George Temple.
Randall A. Cain, 19, who had been scheduled to stand trial on the charge, instead entered a guilty plea Wednesday before 5th District Judge J. Philip Eves, a clerk said. He is to be sentenced on May 17.Police had contended that Cain fired shots from Red Hill toward the temple on April 8, but Cain told the judge he only intended to hit a power transformer and that a 17-year-old companion fired at the religious structure.
Police reports said a round from a .308-caliber rifle hit a condominium near the temple, but no one was injured.
Cain was arrested the following day and remains in the Washington County Jail on $5,000 bond.
The juvenile was charged with third-degree felony destruction of property, according to 5th District Juvenile Court probation officer Dennis Jennings.
St. George City is seeking $1,238 restitution in the case for replacement of a street light and transformer that were shot out.