Sitka man faces sentencing Friday in stabbing deaths

Posted: Friday, February 05, 2010

SITKA - A 20-year-old Sitka man is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for the March 2008 stabbings that left four people dead.

Jason Abbott pleaded "guilty, but mentally ill" last year to two consolidated counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his grandparents Alice and John Abbott, his aunt, Elizabeth Abbott, and her friend, Charles Tate.

Abbott also entered the same plea to an assault charge in the stabbing of his aunt, Mary Ricketts, who survived.

Abbott was initially set for sentencing last September, but later sought to pull out of the plea deal, saying he was unhappy with the legal advise he received. His attorneys had until Jan. 13 to notify the court if Abbott wished to move forward with a trial.

That deadline passed and it appears the sentencing will proceed.

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