Utah beauty queen charged for possessing bombs

Last Updated: Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 11:15

Salt Lake City: Prosecutors have filed charges of bomb possession against a recently crowned Utah beauty pageant winner.

Kendra McKenzie Gill was arrested last weekend with three accomplices for what one described as a prank. All four face the same set of four felony charges, prosecutor Blake Nakamura said Friday.

The 18-year-olds were arrested last Saturday after driving around neighborhoods and allegedly tossing plastic bottles filled with caustic chemicals at people they knew. Nobody was injured.

"We don`t really understand a clear reason for their behavior," Nakamura said. "The reason we charged them is obviously, what they possessed was indeed explosives, and we`re alleging they were throwing them near homes and at people, and therefore, had the potential to cause a great deal of harm."

Felony bomb possession is punishable by 1 to 15 years in prison.

Gill was crowned Miss Riverton, topping a slate of nine beauty contestants earlier this summer in the Salt Lake City suburb. She showed off years of piano training with a Scott Joplin number and took home a USD 2,000 scholarship.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 10:31
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