Escape trial begins today

A jury trial is slated to begin today for a Juneau man who authorities say fled from a probation office when confronted with the news he was being remanded back into jail for violating probation.

The four-day trial for Justin J. Cameron will begin around 8:30 a.m. in Juneau Superior Court with Judge Louis Menendez presiding.

Cameron is charged with one count of second-degree escape, a felony. If convicted, the 24-year-old could be facing up to 10 years in jail and a $100,000 fine.

In mid-January, police said they received a report from the Juneau Adult Probation office that Cameron fled from the office when they told him he was being remanded.

Cameron, who was in custody for a probation violation for a drug and weapons misconduct charge, had pushed and shoved his way past a probation officer and fled on foot, police said.

Police gave chase and arrested him about an hour later in the Driftwood Hotel parking lot.

Cameron is represented by assistant public defender Grace Lee.

Online records indicate Cameron was previously convicted for weapons misconduct and  attempted drug misconduct. He was also charged with first-degree robbery in 2009 and forgery in 2006, but those two charges were dismissed.

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

 

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect that two previous charges against Cameron were dismissed.

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