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Two prisoners indicted for jailhouse assault

Posted: August 5, 2012 - 12:09am

Two inmates at the Juneau jail — one of whom was serving time for murder, and the other, vehicle theft — have been charged with felony assault after they allegedly jumped two other prisoners.

Dirkston Gonzales, 22, and Christopher W. Davison, 28, were indicted by a Juneau grand jury last Friday in connection to the June 7 attack.

They are each facing one count of second-degree assault and one count of aid and abetting second-degree assault.

Those are class ‘B’ felonies that can carry up to 10 years in prison.

The indictment alleges they caused serious physical injury to Devin Moorhouse on June 7 at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Moorhouse, 26, was in custody at LCCC for leading police on a high-speed chase through the Mendenhall Valley in May.

Alaska State Trooper Chris Umbs, who investigated the case, said in a phone interview that Moorhouse lost three teeth in the attack, which took place on the basketball court in the jail’s gymnasium. Moorhouse also sustained bumps, bruises and scratches.

The second person who was attacked, Aaron Rose, required stitches above and below his eye, Umbs said.

Davison and Gonzales haven’t been charged with attacking Rose, and Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams said Wednesday those charges may be coming.

Umbs said the attack was unprovoked, and there was no argument that preceded it.

Umbs said Davison was in custody at LCCC for vehicle theft.

Gonzales was transferred to Lemon Creek Correctional from Anchorage to serve his 111-year sentence for murder and attempted murder in connection to a 2007 shooting at a house party in Anchorage.

The Anchorage Daily News reported the then 17-year-old Gonzales was asked to leave the party for fighting. He returned later with a .44 caliber pistol and fatally shot David “D.J.” Irvin and seriously injured another. The Daily News reported a jury convicted him of murder, attempted murder and burglary in 2009. Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth then sentenced him in September to serve 99 years with 79 suspended for the murder, 60 years with 30 suspended for the attempted murder and two years with no suspended time for the burglary.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

Editors' note: This story has been changed to reflect the correct name of Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams.

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