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Judge sentences Fairbanks minister to 2 months confinement in crash that killed motorcycle driver

Posted: April 10, 2011 - 9:45pm

FAIRBANKS — A minister who killed a motorcyclist in a Fairbanks traffic crash last year has been sentenced to two months confinement, possibly in his own home.

Anthony W. Buie, 59, had pleaded no contest to the charge of criminally negligent homicide for causing the death of 37-year-old Thomas N. Favero III on July 4, 2010.

Prosecutors said Buie ran a red light in front of Favero on Cowles Street at Airport Way, a busy intersection near the community’s library.

Buie is a minister at True Victory Baptist Church in North Pole.

Buie will serve his confinement at home using an electronic ankle bracelet if the Department of Corrections approves him for electronic monitoring.

At sentencing Thursday, Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy said he was able to give a sentence outside the presumptive range of one to three years because Buie was found to have done everything he could to compensate the family of the victim.

Prosecutors asked for a sentence of six months to send a strong message about the dangers of not paying attention when driving. Buie had a history of driving offenses, including a 21-year-old arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Defense attorney James Hackett asked that Buie not be given any driving restrictions that would interfere with his work as a minister. Buie is an excellent candidate for rehabilitation because he has shown remorse for his actions, Hackett said.

The victim’s wife submitted a letter supporting Buie that did not ask for any jail time.

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