A Juneau grand jury was asked to indict Brian Hogan on two felony charges on Friday: First-degree assault and third-degree assault.
Now, Hogan only faces the weaker charge after being accused of setting his girlfriend on fire in what advocates called one of the worst acts of domestic violence in Juneau’s recent history.
The difference between the two counts is huge. First-degree assault is an ‘A’ felony, the most serious, and can be punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Third-degree is a ‘C’ felony, the lowest classification and can only carry up to five years in prison.