Drunk driver may receive new sentence

Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2009

FAIRBANKS - The state Court of Appeals has ordered another sentencing hearing for a 65-year-old Fairbanks man serving 20 years for vehicular homicide.

Eugene Bottcher was convicted of driving drunk in May 2005 when he struck and killed Saul Stutz, a 13-year-old boy riding his bike on the shoulder of a rural road west of Fairbanks.

According to testimony in the case, Bottcher tried to bribe another driver who followed him home.

It's the second time the Alaska Court of Appeals granted Bottcher a new sentence hearing.

The Appeals Court opinion says Bottcher's recklessness was "very high" but his composite sentence exceeds the sentence imposed in similar cases.

District Attorney Mike Gray says he will fight to uphold the 20-year sentence.

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