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Jerzy Shedlock

James Michael Wells was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to four consecutive life sentences for killing two co-workers at a Coast Guard base on Kodiak Island in April 2012. At the sentencing, Wells maintained his innocence.

The government was granted its desired sentence. Judge Ralph Beistline imposed two life sentences for the killing of 41-year-old James Hopkins and 51-year-old Richard Belisle, and two additional life sentences for two counts stemming from using a firearm in a violent crime. It was the maximum sentence Wells could have received.

Beistline also ordered Wells to pay an undetermined amount of restitution...

Jerzy Shedlock

The trial of Alaska Yellow Cab driver Chidiebere Nwokorie began Thursday in Anchorage Superior Court, with the state arguing the cabbie tried to force alternative compensation on a woman when he sexually assaulted her after offering what she thought was a free ride.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Gist told jurors there are some givens in life -- like there's no such thing as a free meal. And, he said, "There's no such thing as a free cab ride."

Gist stuck closely to the details of the alleged rape presented nearly three years ago in the charges against Nwokorie. The charges include first-degree sex assault, attempted first-degree sex assault and two counts of second-degree sex assault, all felonies...

Jerzy Shedlock

Terence Clyde Gray, 32, was found guilty in Anchorage Superior Court on Thursday of second-degree murder for shooting Edwing Matos to death at the Dimond Center in February 2010, the bloody conclusion to a dispute over a stolen PlayStation.

Jurors acquitted Gray of a first-degree murder charge, as well as attempted first-degree murder and two assault charges. They came to a decision in a little more than a day...

Jerzy Shedlock

The trial of Alaska Yellow Cab driver Chidiebere Nwokorie began Thursday in Anchorage Superior Court, with the state arguing the cabbie tried to force alternative compensation on a woman when he sexually assaulted her after offering what she thought was a free ride.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Gist told jurors there are some givens in life -- like there’s no such thing as a free meal. And, he said, “There’s no such thing as a free cab ride.”

Gist stuck closely to the details of the alleged rape presented nearly three years ago in the charges against Nwokorie. The charges include first-degree sex assault, attempted first-degree sex assault and two counts of second-degree sex assault, all felonies...

Jerzy Shedlock

Terence Clyde Gray, 32, was found guilty in Anchorage Superior Court on Thursday of second-degree murder for shooting Edwing Matos to death at the Dimond Center in February 2010, the bloody conclusion to a dispute over a stolen PlayStation.

Jurors acquitted Gray of a first-degree murder charge, as well as attempted first-degree murder and two assault charges. They came to a decision in a little more than a day...

Jerzy Shedlock

A state prosecutor aimed to discredit claims of self-defense in Anchorage Superior Court on Wednesday as the case of Terence Clyde Gray, accused of shooting Edwing Matos to death at an Anchorage shopping mall in February 2010, drew closer to its conclusion.

Before assistant district attorney Adam Alexander delved into witness statements and a laundry list of evidence presented over a monthlong trial, he explained to jurors why the defendant's claim of self-defense does not apply under Alaska law. He argued Gray was the initial aggressor, and his fear of imminent injury was not "objectively reasonable."

Instead, Gray planned to execute two people but ended up only slaying Matos because his gun jammed, Alexander said...

Jerzy Shedlock

A state prosecutor aimed to discredit claims of self-defense in Anchorage Superior Court on Wednesday as the case of Terence Clyde Gray, accused of shooting Edwing Matos to death at an Anchorage shopping mall in February 2010, drew closer to its conclusion.

Before assistant district attorney Adam Alexander delved into witness statements and a laundry list of evidence presented over a monthlong trial, he explained to jurors why the defendant’s claim of self-defense does not apply under Alaska law. He argued Gray was the initial aggressor, and his fear of imminent injury was not “objectively reasonable.”

Instead, Gray planned to execute two people but ended up only slaying Matos because his gun jammed, Alexander said...

Jerzy Shedlock

Convicted murderer Joshua Wade finally got what he wanted.

According to court records, Wade argued in a 2011 appeal that he accepted a plea deal -- in which he admitted to killing two Alaska women in separate state and federal cases -- only because prosecutors gave verbal assurances they'd try to house him at an Outside prison.

Wade avoided the possibility of the death penalty in federal court thanks to the plea deal, but he said death would have been preferable to life in an Alaska correctional facility.

"Even with the threat of lethal injection looming over my head, (I) never would have pled guilty if Alaska were even slightly a possible designation," Wade said in a neatly handwritten post-conviction relief affidavit...

Jerzy Shedlock

Convicted murderer Joshua Wade finally got what he wanted.

According to court records, Wade argued in a 2011 appeal that he accepted a plea deal -- in which he admitted to killing two Alaska women in separate state and federal cases -- only because prosecutors gave verbal assurances they’d try to house him at an Outside prison.

Wade avoided the possibility of the death penalty in federal court thanks to the plea deal, but he said death would have been preferable to life in an Alaska correctional facility.

“Even with the threat of lethal injection looming over my head, (I) never would have pled guilty if Alaska were even slightly a possible designation,” Wade said in a neatly handwritten post-conviction relief affidavit...

Jerzy Shedlock

Matthew John Jones was found guilty Monday in Anchorage Superior Court of three counts of first-degree sexual assault, charges handed up nearly two years ago after the 26-year-old's arrest in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2012.

His victim ran topless from the scene of the rape, underneath a downtown bridge, into a nearby hotel lobby.

Jones was also found guilty of harassment. The jury could not come to a decision on a second-degree assault charge, stemming from allegations Jones choked his victim...

Jerzy Shedlock

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