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Haines man indicted for assault on ferry

Posted: January 29, 2013 - 5:37pm  |  Updated: January 30, 2013 - 1:00am

A grand jury in Juneau issued one indictment on Friday.

Easton C. Hagwood, 21, of Haines, was indicted on one count of second-degree assault for allegedly causing serious physical injury to Harley Whittington on Nov. 13. That’s a class ‘B’ felony that can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Hagwood punched Whittington in the face aboard the M/V Columbia as it was traveling from Haines to Juneau. An affidavit indicates the two knew each other.

Hagwood was originally charged via felony information by the District Attorney’s Office in December. The Alaska Constitution and criminal rules of court require an indictment be issued in order to prosecute felonies, unless the defendant waives that right.

Hagwood was released from custody on a $1,000 cash performance bond earlier this month, according to electronic court records.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court before Judge Philip Pallenberg on Feb. 7.

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

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

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