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Seven indictments issued Friday

Posted: October 2, 2012 - 11:04pm

Seven people were indicted by a Juneau grand jury on Sept. 28.

• Christopher M. Martinez, 34, was indicted on one count of failure to register as a sex offender in the first degree.

That’s a class ‘C’ felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.

Online court records show Martinez pleaded ‘no contest’ to second-degree sexual abuse of a minor in Ketchikan in 1999 and was sentenced to serve five years in jail with four years suspended and he placed on probation for five years. A petition to revoke his probation was filed three times in that case — in 2000, 2001 and 2002 according to court records.

Martinez was previously charged and found guilty of failing to register as a sex offender in 2003, according to court records. He was ordered to serve 65 days with 25 days suspended in that case.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Oct. 16.

• Wilbert A. Ridgeway, 27, was indicted on one count of third-degree assault, a class ‘C’ felony.

The indictment alleges he recklessly caused physical injury to “K.C.” by means of a dangerous instrument: placing his hands around K.C.’s neck and impeding normal breathing on Sept. 22.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday in Juneau Superior Court.

• Rorie C. Miller, 33, was indicted on one count of second-degree assault, a class ‘B’ felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine.

The indictment alleges he recklessly caused serious physical injury to “R.M.” on June 6.

Also listed in the same indictment is Koby W. Blake, 21, for aiding and abetting assault in the second degree, also a class ‘B’ felony.

The indictment alleges Blake, with intent to promote or facilitate the commission of a crime, did aid or abet Miller by recklessly causing physical injury to R.M.

Court records show both Miller and Blake were both in custody at Lemon Creek Correctional Center during the time of the assault.

Miller is awaiting a sentencing hearing after he pleaded guilty to two felony drug charges, tampering with evidence and violating parole in May. For more on that story, see the May 23 Juneau Empire article online “Drug dealer enters last-minute deal with DA.”

Blake is serving a three and a half year jail sentence after pleading guilty to a vehicle theft earlier this year. For more on that story, see the March 22 Juneau Empire article online “Suspected Juneau car thief pleads guilty.”

• Larry A. Reiger, 55, was indicted on three felony counts: second-degree robbery, a class ‘B’ felony; first-degree impersonating a public servant, a class ‘C’ felony; and second-degree theft, a class ‘C’ felony.

Prosecutors say Reiger pretended to a police officer and tried to confiscate a 16-year-old teenager’s backpack. When the teen asked for identification, Reiger allegedly kicked the boy in his shin and stole his backpack.

For more on that story, see the Sept. 20 Juneau Empire article online “Man arrested for kicking, stealing from teen.”

An arraigned was held in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday, and Reiger is scheduled to appear in court for further proceedings next month on Nov. 29.

• Zachary M. Ison, 25, was indicted on one count of fourth-degree drug misconduct, a class ‘C’ felony.

The indictment alleges he knowingly possessed a controlled substance, oxycodone, on April 7.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Oct. 15.

• James R. Hanson, 42, was indicted on one count of fourth-degree drug misconduct, a class ‘C’ felony.

The indictment alleges he knowing possessed a controlled substance, acetaminophen/oxycodone hydrochloride, on June 28.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Oct. 8.

Hanson was previously indicted in August on one count of second-degree drug misconduct for allegedly possessing heroin with intent to deliver on Aug. 3. That’s a class ‘A’ felony punishable by up to 20 years in jail and/or a $250,000 fine.

He is scheduled to go to trial in that case next month on Nov. 5.

For more on that story, see the Aug. 13 Juneau Empire article online “2 indictments issued Friday.”

Indictments are not indicative of guilt, but rather formal accusations of illegal activity.

The District Attorney’s Office presents cases to the grand jury each Friday.

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

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