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Shooter in December 'standoff' pleads guilty

Deal calls for Ryan J. Hamley to serve 2 years in jail

Posted: May 10, 2012 - 11:09pm

The 27-year-old man who prompted the Juneau Police Department SWAT team to surround a residence on Delta Drive in December after he fired a handgun inside has pleaded guilty to assault and weapons misconduct felony charges.

Ryan J. Hamley, 27, changed his plea Thursday in Juneau Superior Court.

Hamley pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault and one count of attempted second-degree weapons misconduct. Both of those are class ‘C’ felonies that can carry a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

The proposed plea agreement calls for Hamley to serve a composite sentence of five years in prison with three suspended, meaning there is two years total to serve.

If accepted, the plea deal also requires Hamley to be on probation for three years, to pay restitution and to admit to a sentencing aggravator for committing a crime with three or more victims.

Judge Philip Pallenberg scheduled a sentencing hearing to be held June 7.

Prosecutors said Hamley drunkenly fired a bullet in a bedroom where three women and a 3-year-old girl were hiding from him in fear the evening of Dec. 29. They were able to escape to a neighbor’s house when a friend wrestled the gun from Hamley and emptied it before police arrived, prosecutors said.

The 911 call from the women, one of whom knew Hamley and was talking to him on the phone before the incident, according to an affidavit, elicited SWAT and negotiating teams to surround the fourplex apartment in the 4400 block of Delta Drive for about 10 hours.

When Hamley was asleep around 3:30 a.m., a person in the apartment gave the handgun to police, who then apprehended Hamley, according to an affidavit.

There were no reported injuries.

Hamley was originally indicted by a grand jury in January on three third-degree assault charges and two second-degree weapons misconduct charges.

The proposed plea agreement consolidates the three felony assault charges into one. It also dismisses one of the two original weapons misconduct charges, while reducing the other to attempted’weapons misconduct.

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

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