Saturday, April 01, 2006

Man Punished For Role In Urine-Filled Soda Prank

A Deltona man found out Tuesday the consequences of pulling a disgusting prank.

Investigators said he encouraged a co-worker to put urine in a soda bottle, and then a convenience store customer drank it, WESH 2 News reported.

The judge handed down a judgment of probation, letters of apology and blood tests.

William Bonilla, 19, was accused of encouraging co-worker Anthony Mesa to urinate in a Mountain Dew bottle and then sell it. A customer became violently ill after drinking the urine.

The incident has not stopped people from shopping at the convenience store.

"Just because somebody did something stupid, doesn't mean everybody is the same," one customer said.

For his role in the prank, Bonilla has been sentenced to six months of probation. He must also write a 100-page letter of apology to Publix and the victim.

He also must complete 150 hours of community service and undergo HIV testing. Bonilla will also have to pay an undetermined amount of restitution.

No one answered the door at Bonilla's house.

"He's always been generous, kind, very respectful to neighbors around here," Bonilla's neighbor said.

Neighbors believe his punishment was harsh.

"The (other) kid should have had common sense enough not to do it," the neighbor said. "He's the one who should be getting the severe sentence not somebody who might have said, 'Oh, yeah, man. Go ahead and do it.'"

Mesa will face the judge on Thursday, and he is expected to enter a plea.

The victim, a 31-year-old man, did not know about the sentence until WESH 2 News informed him.

His attorney asked him not to comment.



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