A Washington man was sentenced in court for burglarizing a convenience store in Juneau five years ago.
Joshua Jayson Hunnel, 35, of Port Orchard, Wash., received a three-year prison sentence for burglarizing Duck Creek Market on Stephen Richards Memorial Drive in the valley on Sept. 24, 2007.
Prosecutors say Hunnel broke a window to enter the store and stole about $550 worth of alcohol and cigarettes. Video surveillance footage tied Hunnel to the scene, and blood left behind at the scene matched his DNA, prosecutors said.
The case was pending for several years partly due to the DNA evidence involved, but Hunnel was charged in November 2011 with second-degree burglary, a felony.
Hunnel pleaded guilty as charged in May of this year and was sentenced Sept. 10 in Juneau Superior Court before Judge Louis Menendez.
In addition to the prison sentence, the judge also required Hunnel to pay restitution in full and to complete a criminal attitude program in prison.
During the sentencing hearing, Hunnel’s attorney public defender Grace Lee says her client has since made positive efforts to turn his life around, including completing a recovery program for alcoholism and prison programs for anger management and healthy living.
Hunnel told the judge alcohol ruined his life and he quit drinking because of it. He says he doesn’t have any memory of the incident, but he wanted to take responsibility for his actions.
Hunnel noted he came to Alaska to work in Petersburg and lived in Juneau for a short while. He was living in Port Orchard in Kitsap County, Wash., at the time of his November 2011 arrest, according to court documents. He waived extradition to return to Alaska to answer to the charges.
Prosecutors said Hunnel has two prior felonies. He was convicted in Arkansas in 2006 for stealing a car, and in 2003 for possessing a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver, according to court records.
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