Man reaches plea deal in weapons case

Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2009

FAIRBANKS - A North Pole man who eluded police for two months and was finally arrested after a four-hour standoff in Fairbanks has agreed to a plea deal that calls for a six-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors and an attorney for Robert Tyrone Gentleman III announced the agreement Friday. Gentleman, 30, will plead guilty to pointing the gun at a police officer.

Fairbanks prosecutors said they would dismiss another felony case and some pending misdemeanor charges filed against Gentleman.

A formal change of plea hearing is scheduled for Tuesday before Superior Court Judge Robert Downes, who can reject the agreement.

Gentlemen faces other charges and his girlfriend, Aurora Celeste Cox, 21, who was charged last month with hindering prosecution and permitting an unauthorized person to drive.

University of Alaska Fairbanks police in August spotted Gentleman speeding on an all-terrain vehicle and tried to pull him over. After a high-speed chase, he pulled a handgun on the officer and attempted to carjack another vehicle, police said.

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