2 Juneauites face 44 felony drug charges

A Juneau man accused of 22 felony counts of obtaining drugs by “misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge” is slated to go to trial this spring.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg on Thursday scheduled a seven-day trial to begin May 7 for Robert A. Biddinger Jr.

The 44-year-old was indicted by a grand jury two weeks ago on 22 counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a class ‘C’ felony that can carry up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. No other details about the charges were immediately available.

Court records show Biddinger was arrested in Unalaska on Jan. 29 by Alaska State Troopers and has since been ordered to be transported to Juneau for court appearances. He participated in Thursday’s hearing by telephone from Anchorage where he is currently in custody.

Also named in the same indictment is a 29-year-old Juneau woman, Donya Owens. She faces the same 22 counts as Biddinger for acting together or individually to knowingly obtain a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, according to the charging document.

The 44 total counts all stem from incidents occurring consistently from August to November of 2011.

Alaska State Troopers picked Owens up at the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal in Ketchikan on Sunday, according to a Trooper release. She was arrested and taken to Ketchikan Correctional Center, then arraigned in Ketchikan court the following day. She is scheduled to appear in Juneau Superior Court for further proceedings next Thursday.

Court documents did not clarify the man and woman’s relationship.

Electronic court records indicate Owens does not have a criminal history in Alaska.

Biddinger was apparently convicted in Juneau court for driving while intoxicated in 1999, misdemeanor reckless endangerment in 1999, misdemeanor disorderly conduct in 2003 and driving under the influence in 2007, according to court records online.

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

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