FARMINGTON — A Bountiful High School student who pleaded guilty to detonating a chemical bomb in the school earlier this year now has a warrant out for his arrest after failing to appear at his sentencing Monday.
It was unclear why Chris Perry, 18, never made it to the hearing in 2nd District Court. Perry's attorney, Rich Gallegos, tried calling him several times but eventually told the judge his client was a no-show. As a result, Judge Michael Allphin issued a warrant for his arrest.
Perry previously pleaded guilty to possession of an explosive device, a third-degree felony. Two additional counts of the same charge were dismissed in exchange for the man's plea.
He and a 16-year-old female student were accused of setting off four chemical bombs called "work" bombs near Bountiful High School. One of them was detonated inside the school. No one was injured in the explosion or by the hydrochloric gas it emitted, but authorities said it could have put a lot of people in danger.
Perry spent 26 days in jail awaiting sentencing but was released due to personal issues, including an incident where he was attacked in jail. Gallegos said Perry's absence in court on Monday surprised everyone, but he said Perry has family issues that could have prevented him from showing.
"I think there are some, I don't want to say homeless, but stability (issues) with where he is staying," Gallegos said. "He's had a rough couple of years and I think that's what has contributed to this happening and why he's here."
Adult Probation and Parole is recommending that Perry be sentenced to 120 days in jail with credit for the 26 days he has already served.