Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sentence Handed Down in Pipe Bomb Case
Two Putnam County boys, who exchanged a homemade pipe bomb at Burks Middle School earlier this year, will be doing 100 hours of community service work and will not be allowed to handle "fireworks of any kind" over the 4th of July or during the time of their probation. The two pleaded guilty last week in Juvenile Court and were given instructions on how they must behave if they are to avoid being ordered into state custody. The 13-year-olds are under a 5 pm curfew, must submit to random drug screenings, must not break any more laws, and are prohibited from being around each other. Officials say the two had no prior record of lawbreaking and apparently had no intention of threatening to explode the device at the school. But they also say that if it had gone off, it could have resulted in serious injury.