Alaska man gets 6 years after friend shot in knee

Posted: Friday, March 04, 2011

FAIRBANKS — An Alaska man who fled to Canada after shooting a friend in the knee has been sentenced to six years in prison for attempted murder.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that 45-year-old James Lyle Mead, who often goes by his middle name, pleaded guilty last November to the most serious charge he faced. Other charges against the Delta Junction man were dismissed.

Mead will receive credit for 153 days he spent detained by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and U.S. Marshals Service after a yearlong manhunt in Alaska, Canada, Washington state and North Dakota.

He must also pay restitution to the victim for medical expenses and a broken window.

U.S. marshals arrested Mead in March 2010 at a family member’s farm in North Dakota.

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