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FORCE 100 Utah Co-Chair:


Pam (Kouris) Underwood, Price

Her son, Michael Kouris, 11, was struck and killed while riding his bicycle, July 19, 1998 by  Utah State Trooper Cort Childs .  It is believed that Childs  was under the influence of pain killers, muscle relaxers and Valium.  Childs was not arrested and he agreed to plead guilty to negligent homicide, if jail time was not included.  It was found that Childs had had numerous accidents while on duty from 1991 - 1998.  The plea-bargain sentencing was held on December 3, 2003, five and one-half years after Michael's death.  Childs was cleared of any wrong doing in Michael's death as  two investigators concluded that the accident was not preventable. The perpetrator received thirty-six months court probation because he moved to Massachusetts.


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