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RANDOLPH — A woman accused of killing a North Ogden boy in a target shooting accident in Rich County pleaded guilty earlier this month to the charge levied against her, court records show.

Kayleen Richins, 40, entered a guilty plea to one count of negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor, during an arraignment hearing on Dec. 12 in Randolph.

Richins was indicted more than a month after 14-year-old North Ogden boy Zackary Kempke was struck in the head by a stray bullet while he was riding in his family’s car. The bullet hit Kempke in the head, causing “immediate death,” according to a probable cause statement.

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.

Efforts to reach Willoughby were unsuccessful as of Monday morning.

Richins’ next court appearance will be for her sentencing, which will take place on Feb. 13, 2019 in Randolph’s 1st District Court. She is not being held in police custody.

Richins faces a potential punishment of up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at jscholl@standard.net and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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