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Park City Girl Pleads Guilty In Case Connected To Overdose Of Two Jr High Students

A 17-year-old Park City High student has pled Guilty to two drug distribution charges in a Friday morning hearing in Summit County's Third District Juvenile Court.

The girl waived her right to a trial which was scheduled to take place Friday.

The girl entered a guilty plea to one count of Drug Distribution, for ordering drugs over the Dark Web.  She was arrested at MacDonald’s last June. She also pled to one count of Reckless Endangerment tied to her actions in 2016, when she agreed to have drugs surreptitiously delivered to her house that were later connected to the deaths of two friends at Treasure Mountain Jr. High, Grant Seaver and Ryan Ainsworth.

Juvenile Court Judge Elizabeth Knight sentenced the girl to six months’ probation. Her defense attorney Mary Corporon asked for no more than three months, given that her client is hoping to attend college starting in August.   

The judge did not agree to that but set a review hearing for the probation on July 12th. The girl was also sentenced to 36 hours Community Service, a fine of $270 and random drug testing.

The girl, who will have her 18th birthday in less than two weeks, replied to the judge’s questions in a faint voice. Her attorney read out a statement of the actions she was admitting to in her plea.

Judge Knight said she is happy that the girl has been undergoing substance-abuse treatment.

The Judge told the defendant that she is incredibly bright, however sometimes she lets people manipulate her into doing things she knows are wrong. “You know what you need to do, but you get pressured into making the wrong choices.” The judge noted that every case involved coercion from a male.

The judge said the results have been detrimental and sad—for the father of Grant Seaver, who was present in court, and the girl herself, who lost a lot of her senior year at Park City High. The judge said the girl has a chance to go in a different direction.

Grant Seaver’s father declined to make a statement to the court. The girl’s parents were also on hand but didn’t want to make a statement.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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