Utah man gets jail time in booby trap case

Story by The Associated Press
October 18, 2012
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PROVO — One of the two young men accused of setting potentially deadly booby traps along a popular hiking trail in Utah has been sentenced to 20 days in jail.

Twenty-year-old Benjamin Rutkowski was also ordered Wednesday to complete a year of probation and pay $760 in fines, according to the Provo Daily Herald.

The Orem resident had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment. The second defendant, 21-year-old Kai Christensen, is set to be sentenced next week.

U.S. Forest Service officers say the two men set the traps in May in a canyon trail near Provo. One was rigged to send a 20-pound, spiked boulder swinging at head level. The other was designed to trip a passer-by into a bed of sharpened wooden stakes.

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