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Grand jury issues five indictments Friday

Posted: January 16, 2013 - 1:07am

A grand jury in Juneau issued five indictments on Friday, four of which were for driving offenses and one of which was for drugs and weapons misconduct.

Robert J. Hillyer III, 31, was indicted on eight felony counts of drug misconduct for allegedly possessing cocaine, methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana on Jan. 4. He was also indicted on a weapons misconduct for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to criminal information filed by prosecutors, police executed a search warrant for Hillyer at the Extended Stay Hotel, where he rents a room, and found the drugs as well as a .38 handgun which was concealed under his mattress.

Prosecutors said he was previously convicted of felony theft and failure to appear in 2010. Hillyer was scheduled to appear for his arraignment in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday.

Scott C. Claflin, 43, Noah B. Stanford Jr., 34, and Christopher S. Carpenter, 50, were all indicted on one count of felony driving under the influence, which means they are charged with driving under the influence while having two past DUI convictions in the past 10 years.

Felony driving under the influence is a class ‘C’ felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.

Stanford was additionally indicted on one count of felony refusal to submit to a chemical test. That’s also a class ‘C’ felony.

Patrick S. Carrillo, 29, was indicted on one count of failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer on Jan. 6. That’s a class ‘C’ felony.

Indictments are formal accusations of illegal activity, and they are not indicative of guilt.

The Juneau 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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