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Posted: February 17, 2013 - 12:16am

Man sentenced for failing to register as sex offender

A man was sentenced to 36 months in prison with 32 months suspended and three years probation for failing to register as a sex offender, a felony.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg imposed the sentence for Christopher M. Martinez, 34, on Thursday.

Prosecutors said Martinez was convicted in Ketchikan in 1999 for a felony sex offense, which required him to register as a sex offender.

Public Defender Timothy Ayer said Martinez recently moved to a new residence and failed to register his new address as required because Martinez had a lot going on at the time with the move, his job and his family.

The judge agreed that this was not a case where he was hiding out and purposefully not complying with the registry. It was clear Martinez has made progress in his life and has matured since the underlying offense, which occurred when Martinez was 20 years old, Pallenberg said.

Failing to register as a sex offender in the first degree is a felony that can be punishable by up to five years in jail. A grand jury in Juneau indicted him on that charge in October, and he pleaded guilty last month.

 

Inmate sentenced for jailhouse assault

An inmate at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau was sentenced to serve a year in prison for a jail house assault.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg imposed the sentence for Christopher W. Davison, 29, late last month.

Davison and his codefendant, inmate Dirkston A. Gonzales, 22, were accused of jumping inmates Devin Moorhouse and Aaron Rose on the basketball court in the jail’s gymnasium on June 7. Alaska State Troopers said the attack was unprovoked and no motive was provided.

Davison and Gonzales were both indicted by a grand jury in Juneau in August for felony assault and felony aiding and abetting assault.

Davison pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault on Jan. 29. The other charges were dismissed by prosecutors in exchange for his plea.

Gonzales’ case is still pending. His jury trial is scheduled for March 4.

Troopers said Davison was in jail in connection to a vehicle theft. Gonzales was transferred to LCCC from Anchorage to serve his 111-year sentence for murder and attempted murder in connection to a 2007 shooting at a house party in Anchorage.

 

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

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