Frat Boy Andrew Kent Pleads Not Guilty to Tossing Everclear Into Fire That Burned Two Women

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Andrew Kent, who police say admitted to his frat friends and to the father of a victim that he threw a bottle of Everclear into a bonfire that burned two women at a party, pleaded not guilty this morning to throwing said booze into fire.

The two women burned by the flaming Everclear have permanent scarring.

Kent allegedly threw the bottle into a fire at a fraternity party of more than 100 people near Hardy and University drives. The flaming booze burned a 17-year-old girl who was a prospective ASU student visiting from California and an 18-year-old woman who is a current ASU student.

The Everclear -- generally 75 percent to 95 percent alcohol and can power small motors -- temporarily lit the two women on fire. Friends helped to put them out, but it had already singed their legs, and one had burns on her back as well. 

The prospective ASU student has second- and third-degree burns over 12 percent to 14 percent of her body, mostly on her calves and thighs. She was treated at a local burn center.

The second woman has second-degree burns on her legs, shoulder, and arm.

Police say fraternity brothers confronted Kent, and he admitted to throwing the bottle. The 17-year-old's father also called Kent and had a "confrontational phone call" in which Kent admitted he had tossed the booze into the fire, according to the report.

That night at the party, after the women had been burned, the fraternity asked the two victims to leave so as not to attract attention from authorities.

"Everyone was kicking them out to get their own medical attention because they thought it would bring too much pressure on the house," Tempe PD Sergeant Michael Pooley says. 

Partiers sent the prospective student down the street to wait for paramedics, so as not to be too close to the house. And the other woman called her father, who is a fireman. 

"I understand you don't want to be responsible," Pooley says, "but on something like this, you got to get your priorities straight."

Police charged Kent with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of endangerment -- felonies. The arresting officer noted that Kent "did not display any remorse to victims."


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25 comments
jenniferlg777
jenniferlg777

Who is surprised by this?  Alcohol + idiots (college students) = mayhem/chaos....DUH!  He's white, so he'll get a slap on the hand.

Nancy Hamman
Nancy Hamman

@Gary Waterman, you nailed it! I was making a sarcastic remark, using the same excuse Jodi Arias used when she killed Travis Alexander.

Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

Could make the penalty more severe, admitting guilt usually lessens a penalty..he'll have time to consider the difference soon..

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Just a minor technical note New Times. I know you don't spend much time worrying about pesky little things like accuracy but he didn't plead not guilty to throwing the booze on the fire. He pled not guilty to doing it in a manner that constitutes aggravated assault and endangerment. He clearly threw the booze. He is just claiming he didn't do it with the "intent" of hurting people. Personally, I think he is a dipshit who doesn't think before he acts. But I also doubt he was "trying" to hurt anyone. He should be found guilty of reckless endangerment, pay for damages, some community service and perhaps some "You really aren't the center of the world" classes. In the civil case that will follow, and it will, he should be found responsible and have to make payments to these 2 girls for a very long time.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

The fog of self absorbed douchebaggery?? He's just another me me me ahole.

cybercy_2000
cybercy_2000

What an A$$hole!  No responsibility for his actions.  And this is supposed to be next generation of our leaders?  We're screwed.

Robert Eichenberger
Robert Eichenberger

No different than throwing gas on a fire. Not at the head of his class obviously.

Justin Yentes
Justin Yentes

Everyone pleads NG at their initial appearance. It may not be an agg assault, but a different crime which better fits. This happens every day.

B Thomas Cooper
B Thomas Cooper

It just means he isn't man enough to take responsibility for his actions...

j.peterson31
j.peterson31

this is whai call a punk. fucking disgrace to the human race. i bet their parents are glad they raised a fucking bastard.   it seems he a bastard for the fact that he has no mother or father, at least one who care.

vaksak
vaksak

What a loser, I say off with his worthless head!


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pallow321
pallow321

too bad this guy isn't mexican or black because this thread would be full of outrage if he were.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@cybercy_2000 Really?  You're taking one kid and holding him up as an example of his entire generation?  Really!  Come on now, you know that is both stupid and ridiculous.  Hell, there's 70,000 kids at ASU alone and he isn't even representative of all of ASU, let alone his entire generation.  He may be an idiot and asshole, but don't give him credit for being representative of the entire next generation.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@pallow321 This must be a joke or you haven't spent much time on the Progressive bastion of Phoenix New Times. You're way more likely to witness white-bashing on here than anti-minority sentiments 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@pallow321 Me too. It makes me angry to see anyone like this plead not guilty when he clearly is. In this case I'm cool with rushing to judgment. His friends said he did it. He's goin' down hard. What he did is such an unspeakable crime that I want him to go to the worst prison in the state and have to do the shittiest shit while he's there.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@JohnQ.Public @cybercy_2000 You have to feel a little bit of compassion for the guy. We've all been drunk enough at one time or another to act recklessly or negligently and do something stupid. I'm sure Andrew Kent had no malice towards that girl when he threw the bottle but it doesn't excuse his actions. He should be punished for his indifference to the well-being of others but I don't think he deserves the full extent of punishment for aggravated assault. The more disheartening part of this case is the party-goers' reaction to the incident and forcing the girls to find their own medical aid

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@eric.nelson745 @pallow321 Are you kidding? Because if not, I hope you never become a prosecutor. I would much rather have reckless idiots running around and making occasional mistakes than actually violent criminals who intend to harm others. This guy made a stupid decision that wasn't meant to affect anyone else and for that, he does not deserve to be treated with the same amount of disdain as someone who seeks out others to victimize

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@eric.nelson745 @pallow321 your sarcasm is appreciated, but apparently lost on others.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@eric.nelson745 Dude, I thought you were being sarcastic.  I take back my like.  You can rush to judgment all your want, but the U.S. Constitution guarantees him a fair and impartial trial in front of a jury of his peers.  So the judicial system can't rush to justice - it needs to proceed in due course.  Innocent until proven guilty is not "old business" - its the very foundation of our judicial system (or at least was intended to be). 

@azcumsquelcher He acted stupid and deserves to be held accountable. Thank goodness he "only" permantly scarred those girls and didn't kill them, because if the alcohol splashed differently or the fire burned differently he certainly could have.  There is no reason for a reduced sentence just because he was a frat boy acting stupid.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@eric.nelson745 I definitely think he's guilty. All of the evidence points to it and I'm sure he'll be convicted. I just hope the judge or jury shows some discretion and maybe gives him a reduced sentence for those crimes

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@azcumsquelcher @eric.nelson745 @pallow321 Look, cumsquelcher (btw I think you and I might have something in common, wink, wink): The shithead we're talking about here did something that is simply unconcionable.  He poured a highly flammable liquid on a fire. Everyone knows you shouldn't do that. Anyway, all the evidence points to him as being the culprit. His buddies say he did it and if they deny they said it while on the witness stand, they could be in a heap of trouble. All I'm saying is this fratboy should 'fess up. The judge will go easier on him if he does. Those girls will get the medical care they need much faster. I think you're hung up on the old business about innocent until proven guilty. It's a legal concept and all it really means is that the state can't execute someone in the absence of due process.

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