Court Roundup

Man pleads guilty to shooting at vehicle


A man has pleaded guilty to felony assault for shooting at a vehicle being towed on Egan Drive. Darshan S. Dogra, 24, changed his plea Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court before Judge Philip Pallenberg. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss two other felony counts, assault and criminal mischief. Prosecutors previously said that on Feb. 1, Dogra stopped his vehicle in front of the tow truck near the Sunny Point Overpass, got out of his vehicle and fired a handgun at the vehicle. Police arrested him several hours later at a room in a hotel. The assault charges stemmed from recklessly placing the driver of the tow truck and the tow truck’s passenger in fear of injury, and the criminal mischief charge was for damaging the vehicle. Dogra is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Two men plead guilty to trying to manufacture meth

Two Hoonah residents who were arrested in October for operating a “one-pot” meth lab in a Hoonah warehouse and then later accused of illegally obtaining pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make meth, entered into plea deals on Tuesday.

David B. Pierce, 36, admitted to two felony counts of attempted second-degree drug misconduct for attempting to possess pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine in Juneau on Oct. 10, 2012, and for attempting to manufacture methamphetamine in Hoonah on the same date.

The plea deal calls for him to serve 10 years in prison for each count, with all the time is to run concurrently except two years. That means he would serve a total of 12 years in prison.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped the remaining charges against him. A judge will decide whether to accept the plea deal during a sentencing hearing on May 8.

Codefendant Gary D. Chamblin, 49, pleaded guilty to the same felony charge, and a plea deal calls for him to serve 10 years with six years suspended, plus probation for five years. He also pleaded guilty in another case to one felony count of third-degree weapons misconduct, and agreed to serve five years with three years suspended.

With some of the time running concurrently, his composite sentence would be five years to serve, should the judge accept the deal at sentencing.

Alaska State Troopers alleged previously that after the two were arrested and after the Hoonah Cold Storage warehouse was processed for evidence, they learned Pierce had purchased more than double the legal allowable amount of pseudoephedrine in a 30-day period from various pharmacies in Juneau.

Troopers alleged Pierce used Juneau residents Jennifer Hartsock, Benjamin Parson, Lindsey Yandell, Danelle Barlow and Clarissa Paulo to obtain the pseudoephedrine. Those residents have all been charged with drug-related crimes, and all their cases are still pending in court.“One-pot” meth labs refer to the manufacture of methamphetamine inside a plastic bottle, usually two-liter plastic soda bottles. 

Drug mule caught at Juneau airport sentenced

A 26-year-old woman caught transporting heroin into Juneau was sentenced to five years in prison with four years suspended, plus five years probation.

That’s one year to serve for Jessica L. Beck. She was sentenced Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court before Judge Philip Pallenberg.

Beck was arrested at the Juneau International Airport on a return flight from Seattle in November. Police said at the time that she was carrying packages that contained 111 grams, or about 3.9 ounces, of heroin with a street value of about $110,000.

She was charged with one felony count of second-degree drug misconduct and pleaded guilty to the reduced felony charge of attempted second-degree drug misconduct in December.


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