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Repeat offender back in the court system

Posted: October 8, 2011 - 11:11pm

A Juneau man who served one year in prison after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for smashing a bottle against someone’s face two years ago was arraigned in court last week for a different offense.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Kevin Levy on Thursday told Lorenzo Jefferson, 48, he is charged with second-degree theft, a class ‘C’ felony, for an incident on or about Sept. 2.

Court documents show Jefferson was arrested on that date by Juneau police for stealing two chain saws out of the back of an unattended pick-up truck in the Walmart parking lot.

Walmart surveillance footage showed a man, allegedly Jefferson, driving through the parking lot, taking the items, then parking in a handicapped space near the entrance of the store to shop.

Jefferson later confessed to the police and told them “he took the chain saws from the back of the truck because he was looking out for (victim’s) best interest and didn’t want someone to steal them,” according to court records.

The chain saws are valued at an estimated $1,790.

Levy ordered Jefferson, who attended the hearing via telephone from Nome where he works, to submit a financial affidavit within 30 days in order to determine whether he can afford an attorney or whether one would be appointed to him. Levy also set a preliminary hearing for Oct. 24 and required Jefferson to sign an unsecured appearance bond by Saturday.

Jefferson was originally facing up to 20 years in prison for allegedly smashing a bottle against another man’s face in Nov. 2009, but agreed to a plea deal for misdemeanor assault after inconsistencies arose in the victim’s story.

The now-retired Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins at the time agreed to the plea deal, though she called it a compromise, and ordered him to serve three years probation upon release from prison on the assault charge. She warned him if he broke probation, due to his extensive rap sheet, “You’re going back to jail, big time,” according to Empire archives.

Jefferson’s court record indicates he has been unable to abide by the law for more than a three-year period. Previous convictions include misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct, domestic violence, misconduct involving weapons and harassment.

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

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