Convicted drunken driver drops plea withdrawal

Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009

FAIRBANKS - A drunk driver imprisoned for killing a boy on a bike has opted not to withdraw his original no contest plea.

At his April 2006 sentencing, 66-year-old Eugene Bottcher was told by a judge that the longest sentence he could receive for the charge of failure to render aid was five years. In reality, the maximum sentence is 10 years, which is what he got.

Bottcher, who was also convicted of manslaughter, is serving a a total of 20 years for the death of 13-year-old Saul Stutz.

The Alaska Court of Appeals, however, has asked a Superior Court judge to re-sentence him because defendants in similar cases have received lighter sentences.

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