Former state legislator convicted on 2 counts

Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2009

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks jury has convicted former state Rep. Nick Stepovich of cocaine possession and attempted tampering with evidence. The verdict was returned Monday.

Stepovich faces a maximum of up to five years in jail and a $50,000 fine for the possession charge, a felony.

He faces up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine on the tampering with evidence charge.

Under state law, neither conviction carries minimum jail time. Sentencing was set for Dec. 29.

Stepovich and his attorney, Allen Vacura, declined comment following the verdict.

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