Fog at Juneau international Airport prevented two key figures in the sentencing of a former Juneau restaurant owner from reaching town in time for a Friday hearing, pushing the date back nearly two weeks.
Jason Maroney, who pleaded guilty in July to nine misdemeanors related to the Lacey Act, is now scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. on Oct. 13, after an Alaska Airlines flight which was supposed to carry Judge Timothy Burgess and Maroney's lawyer Steven Wells could not leave Anchorage.
That delay will leave Maroney, his family and supporters scrambling to reassemble in Juneau after taking efforts to make Friday's scheduled hearing.
"The cost of everyone being here," said Maroney, the former owner of Doc Water's restaurant. "My attorney called at 8:30 this morning and said the flight was canceled," Maroney said. "He asked me if I wanted to reschedule. What else can I do?"
Maroney, along with his wife Ashley and daughter Makenzie flew to Juneau from Seattle earlier in the week. His mother JoAnn flew from Philadelphia. Friend Paula Trubiroha accounted for bad weather in Dutch Harbor to arrive early in the week and Mica Dewitt cut short a bodybuilding competition in Las Vegas to attend.
"I'm just not sure we can afford to come back," Ashley said. "I took time off from two jobs to be here."
The U.S. attorney's office initially charged Maroney and David Skrzynski, who held a valid Subsistence Halibut Registration Certificate card which allowed him to fish for halibut for subsistence, but not for commercial sale, of conspiring to sell halibut intended for subsistence commercially between July, 2005 and March, 2008.
Skrzynski also reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. His sentencing was also vacated and rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13.
In his plea agreement, Maroney received a sentencing recommendation of 10 months in prison and a year of probation, though he could face one year in prison, a fine of $100,000, or both. For Skrzynski the law provides for a total sentence of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
Maroney formerly provided services to the Empire as an independent contractor.
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