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Prosecutors: No additional charges against man accused of home invasion deaths

Posted: August 21, 2013 - 12:03am

Prosecutors in Alaska said Tuesday no additional homicide charges will be filed against a 24-year-old man accused in the home-invasion deaths of an elderly Anchorage couple.

They say an autopsy performed on the woman’s mother showed that she suffered a stroke and died of natural causes.

Jerry Active faces 10 felony counts, including charges of murder and sexual assault, in connection with the May 25 attack that killed Sorn Sreap, 73, and her husband, Touch Chea May, 71.

The couple was found beaten to death.

Active also is accused of sexually assaulting Sreap, her 2-year-old family member and her 91-year-old mother, Sreap Yan, who had dementia. Yan later suffered a stroke and died June 10.

The Associated Press normally doesn’t identify victims of sexual assault, but Sreap’s family has appeared in local news media to talk about the case.

Active’s public defender, Chong Yim, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did Deputy Anchorage District Attorney Clint Campion.

In a statement, however, Campion said the state medical examiner’s office determined Yan’s cause of death was a stroke and that the manner of death was natural.

Active, a registered sex offender who is being held on $1.5 million bail, had been released on probation on the day he broke into the couple’s apartment.

He was still inside the home when the couple’s grandson, his pregnant wife and son arrived home from the movies, authorities said. The grandson fought Active, but the assailant managed to flee. He was arrested nearby wearing only boxer shorts, authorities said.

In June, Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty acknowledged that prosecutors, corrections officials and a sentencing judge erred in assessing Active’s criminal history.

Geraghty said a review determined that prosecutors thought Active had no prior felony convictions when he was sentenced in 2009 for attempted sexual abuse of a minor.

Active had been out of state custody fewer than 30 days since January 2009, according to Geraghty. He said multiple probation violations were connected to alcohol abuse, and no one could have foreseen that Active’s release would have resulted in deaths and sexual assaults.

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