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Youths Plead Guilty In Pipe Bomb Attacks

June 2, 1987

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) _ Two teen-agers accused of bombing a telephone booth and a high school ticket office have pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Jeffrey Schmidt, 18, of Zeeland and Joel Gras, 17, of Hudsonville pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of malicious destruction of property valued at more than $100.

The pair face up to four years in prison and a $2,000 fine at sentencing June 29 in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Schmidt and Gras, who were expelled from Hudsonville High School after the bombings, initially were charged with two counts each of placing explosives with damaging results.

The pair were accused of a March 3 bombing of a telephone booth in downtown Hudsonville and the March 6 bombing of an unoccupied ticket booth at the high school. No one was injured in the explosions believed caused by homemade pipe bombs.

Gras and Schmidt agreed to pay $1,700 in restitution.

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