Kathleen woman angry district attorney won’t prosecute her case

KATHLEEN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Kathleen woman is angry the district attorney’s office won’t prosecute her case after several teens confessed to setting off home made bombs at her house.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office charged Joseph McKinley, Nathaniel Corson, and Austin James with possessing explosive devices and party to the crime of explosive devices. Deputies also charged Matthew Held, Sean Guilloud, and Chad Jones with party to the crime of explosive devices. 

An incident report says John Bell and his step-son heard three explosions in their front yard in September 2013. The six boys were charged a month later. Investigators say they plead guilty and confessed to the crime. 

Bell’s wife, Kimber Bell, tells 41NBC the district attorney won’t prosecute the case because he feels a jury won’t convict them. 

“They bombed our house more than 4 times and my husband, being an explosive ordinance disposal technician at Robins Air Force Base, who is a master in explosives, absolutely knew what he was looking at and how dangerous it was,” said Kimber.

Kimber said the district attorney wants to offer a pretrial diversion, which means the boys won’t have a trial. Instead, probation services would monitor them. Kimber wants the boys to serve time in jail.

41NBC reached out to the district attorney for comment, but we haven’t heard back.

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