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Juneau courts round-up

Posted: July 11, 2013 - 12:22am

4 indictments issued last week

A Juneau grand jury indicted four people on Friday, July 5.

They are as follows:

• Nicole E. David, 34, was indicted on one count of second-degree drug misconduct for allegedly possessing heroin with intent to deliver in Juneau on June 29. That’s a class ‘A’ felony that has a maximum possible penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

• Gregory O. Brown Jr., 30, was indicted on three counts of fourth-degree drug misconduct for allegedly possessing methadone, heroin and oxycodone in Hoonah on June 29. Fourth-degree drug misconduct is a class ‘C’ felony that has a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.

• Benjamin H. Bingham, 30, was indicted on one count of third-degree criminal mischief for allegedly damaging $500 worth or more of property owned by William Bauer on Sept. 15, 2012, in Juneau. That’s a class ‘C’ felony.

• Keri S. Combs, 43, was indicted on one count of felony driving under the influence. That’s a class ‘C’ felony.

Indictments are formal accusations of illegal activity, and they are not indicative of guilt. The District Attorney’s Office in Juneau presents cases to the grand jury each Friday.

Woman gets 90 days to serve for November stabbing

A Juneau woman received a 90-day jail sentence in connection to a stabbing at the Chinook Apartments late last year.

Juneau District Court Judge Thomas Nave last month accepted a plea agreement that sentenced Ashley N. Stansell, 25, to 360 days in jail with 270 days suspended, plus two years probation.

Juneau police said previously Stansell called 911 on Nov. 29 to report she stabbed her boyfriend in the torso. The 28-year-old victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, but required surgery, according to police and prosecutors.

Stansell was originally charged with first- and second-degree assault but pleaded guilty to the reduced felony charge of third-degree assault and misdemeanor fourth-degree assault.

Her attorney, Assistant Public Defender Timothy Ayer, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Juneau man sentenced for possessing heroin

A 58-year-old Juneau man has been sentenced to 12 months in jail with 11 months suspended for possessing heroin.

George A. Pleasants was sentenced last month by Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg.

A grand jury indicted Pleasants on one count of fourth-degree drug misconduct, a felony, for allegedly possessing heroin on Nov. 28.

The judge accepted a plea deal that reduced that charge to a misdemeanor drug offense, attempted fourth-degree drug misconduct. The deal also requires Pleasants to complete three years of probation.

More information about the circumstances surrounding the crime was unavailable, and prosecutors declined to comment. 

Man gets 2 years for contraband

A 33-year-old man was sentenced to two years in prison for promoting contraband in the first degree.

Travis P. Schneider pleaded guilty to the felony offense and was sentenced by Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg last month.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed a second felony offense alleging drug misconduct.

Year and a half for domestic assault

A 26-year-old man was sentenced to serve a year and a half in jail in connection to a domestic disturbance at a Juneau residence in October.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg accepted a plea deal that imposes 42 months with 24 months suspended for Jonathan K. Torres.

Prosecutors said Torres placed another person in fear of imminent serious physical injury by choking her and threatening her with a knife. He was indicted by a grand jury on three felony counts of assault and one felony count of criminal mischief.

In accordance with the plea deal, he pleaded guilty to one of the assault charges, and the remaining charges were dismissed.

 Woman sentenced for pull tab shop theft

A 41-year-old woman was sentenced to serve about six months in jail for stealing property from Hidden Treasures Pull Tabs in the Mendenhall Mall.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez last month imposed 365 days with 183 days suspended for Elizabeth A. Lindoff and also ordered her to pay restitution and write a letter of apology. She also received an additional year of suspended jail time and four years probation.

Lindoff and a codefendant, Josephine M. Winders, 36, were each indicted on one felony theft charge for allegedly acting together, or individually, to steal property from the pull tab shop last summer. The value of the property had a value of more than $500 but less than $25,000, according to the indictment.

Court records show Lindoff pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors theft charges in lieu of the felony.

Winders has a ‘change of plea’ hearing scheduled for later this month.

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