An 18-year-old Utah man who served time for a plot to bomb his high school is now running to be mayor of his town.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Joshua Kyler Hoggan will be on the ballot in the primary election against Roy, Utah city council member Willard Cragun and incumbent Mayor Joe Ritchie, telling the AP in an email that he feels rehabilitated after his 2012 conviction on possession of weapons charges.
Hoggan served six months in juvenile detention after pleading guilty to having a weapon of mass destruction. Reuters reported in January 2012 that Hoggan, then 16 years old, and 18-year-old Dallin Morgan planned to carry out an attack at Roy High School modeled on the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
Prosecutors did not try Hoggan as an adult after he took the six-month juvenile sentence, but Hoggan told the AP he never had a bomb and was not planning to attack the school.
The two top vote-getters in Tuesday's primary will advance to the general election. In an email to the Ogden Standard-Examiner in June 2013, Hoggan said the sentence put him "on the right track" to contribute to Roy.
"I've made more than my fair share of mistakes," Hoggan wrote. "I feel that being trusted with the mayorship would be the ultimate way for me to fully give back to my community."
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