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Kendra McKenzie Gill Update: Utah beauty queen gives up Miss Riverton crown amid bomb charges

Kendra Gill CBS affiliate KUTV

Kendra Gill
CBS affiliate KUTV

(CBS) SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah beauty pageant winner charged with tossing homemade bombs from a moving car with three other teens has relinquished her crown.

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Kendra McKenzie Gill tells KSL-TV  that she and her friends feel terrible about the incident, but she insists they were just playing a practical joke and never threw the explosives at people.

Gill and three friends were charged last week with four felony counts of possession of an explosive device.

Prosecutors say the 18-year-olds drove around Riverton Aug. 2 and tossed plastic bottles of toilet bowl cleaner and shrapnel at people and property. No injuries were reported.

Gill topped a slate of nine beauty contestants earlier this summer to become Miss Riverton.

She said she knew she'd probably have the title revoked, and wanted to step down before it was taken from her.

Complete coverage of Kendra McKenzie Gill's case on Crimesider

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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