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RAPE CASE IS 1ST TEST OF NEW OFFENDER LAW

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 boy apparently approached the victim and a friend for a ride. The boy reportedly produced a gun, forced the man from the vehicle and drove the woman to an unknown location where he threat-ened to kill her if she didn't agree to sex acts, the charges state.