FAIRBANKS - A man who forced a standoff with Alaska State Troopers and wounded his father with a hail of bullets will be sentenced for assault - but not attempted murder - under a plea deal with prosecutors.
Charles Hachez, 31, pleaded no contest Wednesday to first-degree and third-degree assault for the Aug. 30 shooting.
The presumed sentence for first-degree assault is seven years in prison without parole. Third-degree assault carries a maximum term of five years in prison. Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Richard Savell will sentence Hachez on May 9.
Under the plea deal an attempted-murder charge, with its maximum penalty of 99 years in prison, was dropped, along with two additional third-degree assault charges. Prosecutors agreed to revise the charging documents to say that Hachez shot his father out of recklessness, rather than with the intent to harm him.
Hachez fired a high-powered rifle through the door of his apartment during the standoff. Four bullets hit his 56-year-old father in the leg, arm, side and hand.