Summarized by Kent Larsen
Teenager That Drugged Missionaries Ruled Delinquent
BOWLING GREEN, OHIO -- The teen accused of drugging 17 LDS
missionaries and members was found delinquent Thursday of a reduced
charge of inducing panic, the equivalent of a first degree
misdemeanor. Joseph Cordell, 15, was originally charged with
delinquency of corrupting another with drugs, a felony-level charge,
but prosecutors added the panix charge at a pre-trial hearing, and he
was only ruled delinquent of the lesser charge.
Cordell put tablets of Ambien, a sedative used to treat sleep
disorders, in cupcakes his stepmother baked for a missionary
luncheon. He was allegedly angry with his Sister and had hoped she
would be blamed for the prank.
However, 17 people, most of them full-time LDS missionaries, became
ill after eating the cupcakes, and complained of nausea and
light-headedness. All 17 were treated at an area hospital, but no one
In juvenile court, Wood County, Ohio prosecutor Alan Mayberry called
Cordell's prank "a potentially dangerous situation."
Cordell will be sentenced at a later date to up to 90 days in a
juvenile detention center.
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