RANDOLPH — The Rich County Attorney’s Office filed a criminal charge Monday against a woman who police say accidentally killed a 14-year-old North Ogden boy in September.
Kayleen Richins, 40, was charged Monday with one count of negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor.
On Sept. 23, police were called to the Eli Ridge area of the Monte Cristo Mountain Range after reports that a boy was shot, according to charging documents.
Police later found that 14-year-old North Ogden resident Zackary Kempke was in the backseat of his parent’s car on a dirt road when their car was hit by a single round, which caused Kempke’s “immediate death,” according to a probable cause statement.
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Richins and her family were target shooting in the area at the time of Kempke’s death, and were allegedly shooting at a paper target, unaware there was a road just beyond the dense forest, charging documents say.
“It is clear the defendant never intended to endanger anybody,” Ben Willoughby, Rich County Attorney, said in a press release. “To observe the road would have required investigating what lay beyond the trees behind the target.”
Willoughby went on to say in the release that this case “serves a sad reminder” to never shoot unless you know for certain what is downrange.
As of Monday afternoon, it was not immediately clear whether or not an arrest warrant will be filed for Richins, or if she will be issued a summons.
1st District Court Judge Thomas Willmore has been assigned to the case, according to online court records.
If convicted, Richins could face a potential punishment of up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.