An argument sparked by a spilled honey bucket ended in the beating death of a Mountain Village man earlier this week, according to an affidavit in the case.
Anthony J. Beans, 23, of Anchorage, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, Alaska State Troopers said.
Village police officers received a report around 5:41 a.m. Wednesday that Clifford Schanrock had been assaulted in his Mountain Village home and was unconscious. Officers found Schanrock, 56, unresponsive on the living room floor with bruising on his forehead and on both of his forearms, according to the affidavit.
An Alaska State Trooper who arrived the next day at the home reported finding a orange water cooler with a low level of homebrew.
Witnesses told troopers that at about 3 a.m. Wednesday, Beans was at the home and "highly intoxicated" when he accidentally knocked over Schanrock's honey bucket, which was in the middle of the room, according to the affidavit. The contents of the bucket spilled all over the floor.
Beans fell down, and one of the witnesses tried to help him stand up. Schanrock came over to Beans and asked him, "Why did you do this?" and the two began arguing face-to-face, according to the affidavit.
The men began to wrestle on the floor and a witness said she saw Beans punch Schanrock multiple times in the face with a closed fist, the affidavit said. The fight lasted for about five minutes, and other people at the home were yelling at Beans to stop.
Beans was pushed out of the home after he was pulled off the victim, the affidavit said. Schanrock tried to stand but fell down unconscious. He was pronounced dead after CPR failed to revive him.
In a later interview, Beans told investigators that he was intoxicated but remembered arguing with Schanrock and punching him in the face five to 10 times, then leaving the residence.
"Beans stated that if he could say anything to Schanrock now he would say, 'sorry for hitting him' and 'sorry for how the night ended,' " the affidavit said.
The western community of Mountain Village sits on the north bank of the Yukon River and is about 20 miles west of St. Marys and 470 miles northwest of Anchorage. About 860 people live there according to Census data.
Beans is being transported from a holding facility in St. Marys to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center, where he will be held in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 18 in St. Marys.
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By DEVIN KELLY