Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2007

Juneau man arrested in alleged burglary

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JUNEAU - Police said they arrested a Juneau man early Wednesday after catching him burglarizing a downtown home.

Shortly after 3:39 a.m., while responding to a call, officers found Clinton Kearney, 35, rummaging through various items in an apartment, the Juneau Police Department said in a press release.

Police said Kearney did not have permission to enter the dwelling and the door had been kicked in.

The building's owner called to report the break-in, police said.

Arrested on allegations of first-degree burglary and criminal mischief, Kearney was held in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center pending arraignment later in the day.

Prosecutors: Mother knew she killed sons

ANCHORAGE - Cynthia Lord knew she was killing people when she shot her three sons to death in 2004, a prosecution psychologist testified at the judge-only murder trial of the Anchorage woman.

The defense contends Lord is legally insane and that she should be found not guilty by reason of insanity. That would be the difference between likely life in prison, or being found not guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and going to a hospital.

Larry Maile, a forensic psychologist, talked to Lord about a year after the shootings.

"I asked her if she thought they were actually her sons - if that was the real them, and she said yes," Maile, clinical director for the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, said Tuesday.

Maile testified that Lord said she shot the boys to save them from what she saw as an evil world.

"(I asked her if) in shooting them did she know it was them that she was shooting, as opposed to someone else, or a vision, or a hallucination, or a clone, if you will - an automaton, if you will," Maile said. "And she said yes, she knew that it was her sons."

More experts are expected to testify in the case. No one is arguing whether Lord killed the boys. The core question is if she's legally responsible for murder under Alaska law.

Lord's attorneys said she sees people who aren't there, once shot at an imaginary spy in her house and believes she was raped by demons.

Dillingham guide gets seven-year sentence

DILLINGHAM - A big game guide has been sentenced to seven years jail time for using his airplane as a weapon to assault and harass hunters from a competing outfitter after they allegedly moved into his territory.

Bryon Lamb was sentenced Tuesday. Of the seven years jail time, Judge Joel Bulger suspended four years and also ordered Lamb serve five years probation for eight felony assault convictions.

Bulger also gave Lamb six months to sell his plane and pay a $40,000 fine. He is also prevented from owning or operating a plane and cannot work as a guide, outfitter or transporter during the five years of his probation.

Under the sentence Lamb can still work as a camp cook and packer in a commercial guiding operation.

Lamb's attorney, Brent Cole, said his client plans to appeal and he would request a stay.

Lamb was found guilty in December of using his plane to dive-bomb and buzz hunters and endangering the pilot who transported them.

The incidents occurred during the 2005 fall moose season.

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