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Juneau man involved in JPD standoff arraigned in court.

Domestic violence, alcohol use involved in charges

Posted: May 17, 2011 - 8:43pm  |  Updated: May 18, 2011 - 7:32am
Jeffery Isturis is brought into court for his arraignment Tuesday after a more than seven-hour standoff with police on Monday.   Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Jeffery Isturis is brought into court for his arraignment Tuesday after a more than seven-hour standoff with police on Monday.

The Juneau man who barricaded himself inside a garage on C Street after shooting a shotgun through a door in the Fosbee Apartments Monday evening had just been named in a long-term domestic violence protective order earlier in the day, and a hearing had been set for June 3.

Jeffrey Isturis, 51, was charged before Judge Thomas Nave in Juneau District Court with misconduct involving weapons in the second degree, assault (domestic violence) in the third degree, assault in the third degree and violating a domestic violence protective order. The weapons charge is a B felony that carries up to 10 years in jail and $100,000 fine, the assault charges are class C felonies and carry up to 5 years in jail and $50,000, and the domestic violence violation is a class A misdemeanor with a 1 year max and $10,000 fine.

Isturis could also have an additional 340 days and $2,000 in fines from suspended sentences due to probation violations.

The glare of the court room for Isturis was a little less intrusive than the multiple JPD SWAT team spot lights that shone on the front and back doors of the garage near his parent’s home where he hid before surrendering to officers. His past record reveals a history peaked with violence.

The state sought a $100,000 cash performance bond. Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams said to Nave, “Obviously this was a very serious offense.”

Williams described the events listed in the criminal information. Two hours after a domestic violence protective order was issued and served against Isturis, he went to the victim’s residence with a loaded shotgun.

Isturis shot at the door while the victim was inside with a family member. Isturis told the Juneau Police Department that he went specifically because the victim had sought and obtained a protective order against him.

Isturis stated he was angry she had done that.

Isturis fled the residence after firing the shotgun and barricaded himself inside a garage near his parents’ house as JPD officers and SWAT teams closed in, resulting in a six-hour standoff. The standoff was resolved at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The JPD said that during the standoff Isturis was making threats to officers and himself. Isturis had also been consuming alcohol earlier in the day.

“It was making a safety risk not only for the officers involved and Mr. Isturis himself, but also for the community at large,” Williams said. “Anybody who lived in this neighborhood, it was obviously a very busy area of the city. So obviously it was an extremely serious situation in itself, and that is not even considering Mr. Isturis’ criminal history.”

Williams stated Isturis’ record is long and assaultive, with 26 convictions.

Court records show more than nine Domestic Violence Assault charges, multiple violations of a DV protective order, multiple violations of conditions of release and disorderly conduct and drunk on premises.

Recent charges in 2010 include disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and being named in a DV long-term protective order. In 2011 Isturis was charged with assault with purposeful or reckless injury. Isturis has a domestic violence relationship with the court that begins in 1994 when he violated a DV protective order. Isturis has multiple charges of interfering with a report of domestic violence as well as a 2000 Driving While Intoxicated charge with a breath alcohol content of .201.

City Attorney Robyn Carlisle noted to Williams that the petitions to revoke Isturis’ probation involve the same victim in the assault charges and in the new charges.

“Clearly this is a situation in which Mr. Isturis has been terrorizing this particular victim for a number of years,” Williams said.

Nave accepted the bail request and stated Isturis is to have no contact with any of the victims or witnesses in the case.

Thomas Wagner of the Public Defender’s Office was appointed as Isturis’ counsel. As Wagner was in a court trial at the time, Eric Hedland represented the Public Defender’s Office in his stead.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 27.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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