The case of a 16-year-old west Kearns boy accused of kidnapping and raping a mother of two is the state's first test of its serious youth offender law.
David Kuma, 16, faces single counts of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies. If convicted, he could be sentenced to five years to life in prison on each count.Prosecutors say the boy committed three of the "10 deadly sins" contained in the new law, which legislators passed last year to crack down on kids who commit violent crime.
If a juvenile judge agrees at an upcoming preliminary hearing, Kuma will be transferred to the adult system for trial.
The victim and a friend had stopped about 2:30 a.m. July 30 at a convenience store, 4800 W. 4100 South, where the boy apparently approached them for a ride, according to investigators and the charges filed in 3rd District Juvenile Court.
The couple agreed, and after driving for some two blocks, the boy reportedly produced a gun, held it against the woman's neck and threatened to kill her if the man didn't stop the vehicle, the charges state.
The boy forced the man from the Ford Bronco and drove the woman to an unknown location where he threatened to kill her if she didn't agree to sex acts, the charges state. At that point the woman was raped and assaulted, physically and mentally traumatized and forced to submit to various unwanted sexual advances, according to detectives.
The vehicle was later spotted by police in Kearns and pursued until the boy jumped from the moving Bronco. Police chased him to a west Kearns address where he attempted to hide but was apprehended. The weapon, which investigators declined to identify, was abandoned in the vehicle.