Juneau man gets reduced domestic violence sentence

Posted: Tuesday, January 04, 2011

A change of plea agreement between defense attorney Julie Willoughby and Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp resulted in a felony domestic violence charge being reduced to a misdemeanor for 25-year-old Irl Fredrickson in Juneau Superior Court on Monday.

Judge Philip Pallenberg said “the affidavit filed sets out a dramatic case of events ... under that description of events, it appears to be a favorable outcome for Mr. Fredrickson.”

Fredrickson was arrested Oct. 21 for third-degree assault and third-degree criminal mischief, both class ‘C’ felonies. He also faced charges of resisting or interfering with arrest and fourth-degree assault, both misdemeanors. Under the agreement, Fredrickson pleaded guilty to the third-degree assault charge, which was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. The remaining three charges against him were dismissed.

According to court documents, Juneau Police Department Officers Tracy Murphy and Brent Bartlett contacted the victim at the Mendenhall Apartments Oct. 21 and observed her holding a bloody towel to her face and a broken stick in her other hand. Murphy observed blood on the kitchen floor and blood spots in the hallway leading from a closet to the living room.

The victim said it was her birthday and friends were over to celebrate, those documents state. The victim was talking to her boyfriend on the phone and he said the party should end. The victim told everyone to leave. An hour later roommates William Stauffer and Fredrickson returned. Fredrickson, who is not the victim’s boyfriend, became agitated and punched the victim in the side of the head. Fredrickson then attacked her with a broken closet hanger rod, striking her on the head. Stauffer came to her aid and Fredrickson left. Fredrickson returned again to strike the victim with the rod in the face. Fredrickson fled as police were called.

JPD Officers Steve Warnaca and Jim Esbenshade observed Fredrickson near an elevator and detained him, where Fredrickson became combative and pushed Warnaca backwards, according to court records.

Fredrickson also struck Barlett in the elevator while being transported to the patrol car. At Lemon Creek Correctional Center, Fredrickson was uncooperative and began banging his head against the windows trying to escape, resulting in his transport to Bartlett Regional Hospital, where he was restrained to a bed for treatment and evaluation.

Kemp said in court the victim had pulled a knife on Fredrickson in an earlier altercation that required others to step in weeks prior to the assault, and that was a basis for the reduction in sentence as “their actions were primarily motivated by drug use.”

Willoughby said “Mr. Fredrickson has been an ideal client since his arrest and in third party custody” and stated he always arrived early to all meetings and court appearances.

Pallenberg accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Fredrickson to 180 days in prison, with all but 18 suspended. Fredrickson served those days in prison between the time of his arrest and Monday’s court hearing. Fredrickson is also on two years probation and can have no contact with the victim.

Fredrickson declined to comment.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at
523-2263 or klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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