Stabbing suspect’s trial set for September

Joshua Levi Brown

The trial for a man suspected of stabbing and seriously injuring another man at a Thane Road beach party has been postponed until early September.

 

Joshua Levi Brown, 37, is facing one count of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault in the alleged attack on Monte Nix.

Brown’s trial was scheduled to start Aug. 7, but his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Grace Lee, requested a continuance in Juneau Superior Court last week.

Brown earlier had requested new counsel during an in-chambers hearing, which was denied by Judge Philip Pallenberg. During a status conference, Brown and Lee had a testy exchange before Lee asked for more time to prepare for the trial. It was rescheduled very tentatively for Sept. 5, with a pre-trial conference set for Aug. 28.

The Juneau Police Department had received a 911 call at about 11:15 p.m. April 22 reporting the stabbing, which happened near parked vehicles and the roadway, in an area above the beach where the party-goers had a bonfire.

Several witnesses reported Nix and Brown in an altercation that night, with Brown fleeing the scene.

Nix was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and told officers he does not remember anything that happened; others at the party told him he had been stabbed three times with a box cutter.

Nix reportedly had extensive blood loss from stab wounds that went through his stomach, pancreas and spleen; the main artery to the liver also was lacerated. Nix was sent to Seattle, where part of his pancreas and his spleen were removed.

Brown was arrested on May 4 and remains in custody at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Other court proceedings

Here is a list of recent sentencings and other court proceedings from the Juneau District and Superior Courts.

• David E. Barr Jr., 36, pleaded guilty to larceny on March 1 and was fined $100; he also was sentenced to 30 days in prison, suspended, and 12 months probation. He pleaded guilty to larceny on April 7 and was fined $100 in that case.

• Austin Davis, 35, pleaded no contest to larceny and was fined $50.

• Brandon J. Doucet, 25, pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to one day in prison.

• Martin W. George, 29, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to one day in prison.

• Kristin D. Gross, 34, pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and was sentenced to 30 days in prison, 27 suspended and three to serve, and will be on probation until July 18, 2018; she also was fined $1,000.

• Lorenzo N. Jefferson, 54, pleaded guilty to harassment and was sentenced to 10 days in prison, suspended, and 12 months probation.

• Travis I. Johnson, 34, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal mischief and was sentenced to 15 days in prison, suspended, and 12 months probation; he must also pay restitution.

• Clinton K. Kearney Jr., 45, was indicted by a grand jury on one count of second-degree theft in connection with a Dec. 30, 2016 incident. A summons was issued.

• Bethany Remi Kunkle, 31, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault, criminal mischief and harassment and was sentenced to 160 days in prison, 140 suspended and 20 to serve; she must complete anger management classes and will be on probation for three years.

• Sharnea R. Lunn, 24, pleaded guilty to larceny and was fined $100.

• Ethan Lee Owen, 28, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to one day in prison.

• Leon D. Paul, 30, pleaded guilty to larceny and was fined $50.

• To’a Pelesasa, 35, pleaded no contest to criminal trespass and was placed on six months probation.

• Rowena J. Reeves, 51, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was sentenced to 30 days in prison, 24 suspended and six to serve; she also was fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended and her license was revoked for 90 days.

• Michael Richard Sperber, 23, had charges of larceny from April 12 dismissed.


Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 523-2246 or liz.kellar@juneauempire.com.


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