Utah teen accused in 2012 high school bomb plot loses mayoral race

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A Utah teenager arrested last year in a Columbine-inspired plot to blow up his high school was eliminated in a race for mayor of the city of Roy on Tuesday, receiving less than 5 percent of the vote.

Joshua Kyler Hoggan, 18, pleaded guilty in 2012 to possession of a weapon of mass destruction and spent six months in juvenile detention, CBS reported.

Police said that Mr. Hoggan, then 16, and an older classmate at Roy High School spent months plotting an attack inspired by the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado.

“People should trust me because I have proven one thing: That I am human,” Mr. Hoggan said in an email before the election to The Associated Press. “I have made mistakes, just like the rest of us. We’ve all made mistakes in our pasts, and I am no exception.”

The current mayor, Joe Ritchie, said the teen had a right to be on the ballot but he questioned whether he’s truly rehabilitated, the AP reported. He said many in the city are still shaken up by Mr. Hoggan’s arrest.

“I’m not so sure how sincere he is,” Mr. Ritchie told the AP. “I think he’s in it for the notoriety.”

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