Washington man sentenced for purse snatching

Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A Washington man pled guilty Friday to purse snatching in downtown Juneau.

Nicholas R. Tyack was accused of robbing two women on May 4.

District Attorney Doug Gardner said he wanted a swift but fair trial and to get Tyack out of town.

"I felt that it was important in a lot of ways with this case to send mister Tyack back to Washington," Gardner said. "I didn't think it was useful to incarcerate him here or have him out on supervised probation here, because that would mean you end up staying in the community. I thought the citizens of Juneau were better off for mister Tyack to get convicted of a felony for what he did and get sent out of here."

Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg told Tyack that he was getting a very good deal and his attorney should be commended.

Tyack, 29, pled guilty to second-degree felony theft. A second charge of fraudulent use of an access device was dropped. Tyack was given a 24-month sentence with 23 suspended. He must pay the victim $116.40 in restitution and serve three years unsupervised probation.

He was scheduled to leave Juneau last Friday.

The victim told the court she wanted the case to be over with, and that she never wanted to see Tyack again.

According to earlier statements, the victim said she was traumatized by the crime.

A second victim, possibly a cruise ship tourist, was never identified.

Tyack is scheduled to be admitted in a substance abuse program in Washington as well as mental health counseling.

Tyack spoke in court and said he was ashamed of his crime and there was no excuse for his actions.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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