Former beauty queen takes plea deal in 'bottle bomb' case

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  • Don Bugg Prince Frederick, MD
    Sept. 30, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    Dixie Dan asks a question that isn't really answerable, but still quite important to consider. As a prosecutor, I've worried about that part of human nature that may make us more likely to punish someone we subconsciously perceive differently, even as we try to be nonprejudiced and even-handed. When we evaluate a defendant, especially a young one, it's natural to think of that person as a basically good person who got mixed up in some very bad choices, or as a basically threatening person whose choices show him to be dangerous, and we don't always have a fair or rational basis for those feelings. I try to distrust myself, and not be ruled by whether a defendant seems articulate, or pretty, or white, or any of a number of qualities that I know aren't really fair to consider, but that tend to influence our judgment in subtle and insidious ways.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    She is getting off too easy...should have to pay the full time or penalty. If it is not tough she will once again choose to be involved in harming others. Put her behind bars with all of the other out-of-control young people. What a disgrace...when will they ever learn?

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    I think it was resolved appropriately. The costs for attorneys will increase the out of pocket cost and with the fine and time for "service" is appropriate.

    No system is perfect and in time a cooler decision was made.

    It did highlight a need for more adult supervision in the county attorney's office. Overcharging seems a fair assessment of the way this was handled by the prosecution. It got them a lot of "tough on crime" face time and I am sure this was appreciated by those who seek election or re-election.

    To me, some time picking up litter on the highways, and scrubbing graffiti off of walls would be appropriate instead of talking to young people.

    You can mark me as one not impressed with the county attorney's office in this matter.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 10:14 p.m.

    In regards to Dixie Dan's comment, they weren't minorities and so we don't know the outcome.

    To Milner, Yes $500 and 200 hours of service. The costs of an attorney and they are not cheap. The loss of an opportunity to possibly be Miss Utah and go to the Miss America Pageant. The embarrassment of having all of the negative notoriety. Facing and explaining to Mom and Dad. This is just a start and

    When everything is considered, it doesn't appear to be a "cheap" experience.

    There is a lot of wisdom with the Judge and his decision to avoid making all of them criminals.

  • MemoFromA Demo SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 8:22 p.m.

    Hey Dixie Dan: You write: "I wonder if this case would have had a different outcome if the people involved were minorities?"

    Think about it! -- Kendra is a minority! She's a pageant queen. I wonder if the sentence would have been lighter if Kendra was not a pageant queen. Probably so. And, no doubt, the press probably wouldn't even cover a story like this.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Sept. 26, 2013 6:40 p.m.

    This country needs to lighten up.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    one thing in the article says that they were initially charged with possesion of an explosive device. does that mean having a firecracker is a felony? they are explosive devices.

  • WRK Riverton, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    To Cinci Man. You make it sound like these bombs were very, very dangerous. They were "bombs" made out over harmless material. I have been around when one went off, no harm done, just noise. I have been close to one when they went off, no harm done, just noise. I have been within 5 to 10 feet of one when it when off, no harm done, just noise. Bottom line, no harm done, just noise.
    This was blown way out of proportion...

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Sept. 26, 2013 4:51 p.m.

    To some posters here that don't take mischief seriously:
    If your family or property were damaged, you may accept their apology. I'm sure you will feel good about that. I bet you would sing a different tune. In this case, I'm glad they were not treated as though they were littering. If someone is killed because of a driver texting or being drunk, is it only an issue because someone dies? I guess that's why attempted murder can bring a slap on the wrist, when the only difference between that and actual murder is whether or not the shooter is a good shot. I think there are times when pranks need to be treated with severity, else no lesson is learned and my family or property may be next; or yours. Congratulations judge! You did right.

    Sept. 26, 2013 4:03 p.m.

    They should have just been fined for littering and leave it at that.

  • Be Practical Sandy, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    So three 18 year olds pull a dumb prank like hundreds of other 18 year olds do every day but this makes the news because she's a former Miss Riverton?? Seems like justice would have been better served to have just let the court system do its thing rather than running her through the court of public opinion as well.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    This type of story is good for opening a discussion with your children about decision making. Talking about what types of activities are harmless and what type of activities can lead to injury, property damage and/or legal problems. Risky activities always seem fun and exciting until somebody gets hurt or arrested.

    The sentence here seems pretty reasonable to me.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    I think this whole case was overblown. We need to spend our time and energy worrying about real criminals.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    I wonder if this case would have had a different outcome if the people involved were minorities?

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    Boy did they get off easy!

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Sept. 26, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    This was a wise judge and a great outcome. Now it's up to the kids to ensure that this decision was the very best outcome. I trust them that it is and that they will make it appear as though the system worked in this case.

    "Sorry don't get it done, Dude" was spoken to Dean Martin when being drunk nearly got people killed. It's the same here. All kids need to be taught that you can't bring folks in accidental death back with an "I'm sorry". This could have been far more tragic. Lucky kids.

    Congratulations, so far, to the judge.

  • ronnie sandy, utah
    Sept. 26, 2013 1:32 p.m.

    It is pathetic to think a prosecuting attorney would even consider a felony charge in this case.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    I agree with the judge that this ought to be a misdemeanor.
    That said, logic declares that there is no "attempted" in their actions. They set off water bottle bombs.
    It's too bad you have to create a lie to make use of the law. Sigh.

  • Willie Saint George, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    This sounds like an acceptable resolution for everyone involved. I think the kids know they made a huge mistakes in their actions, but they are probably good kids deep inside. Instead of going directly to prison (for right now) they have been given the opportunity to prove themselves. If they fulfill all the requirements of the plea, then they will be better people in the long run. This also save taxpayers a lot of money keeping them out of prison. However, if they screw up and don't take the plea agreement seriously, then it's off to prison and they'll have to learn the hard way. Sounds like a fair deal to me.