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DA to review Solie plea agreement

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2003

FAIRBANKS - The District Attorney of Fairbanks will review a plea agreement prosecutors reached with outgoing Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Rick Solie.

Fairbanks District Attorney Jeff O'Bryant said Friday that he will review Solie's recent driving under the influence plea agreement and sentence after learning that Solie had a previous drunken driving conviction in Vermont.

The 1981 Vermont case never surfaced during a Sept. 19 court hearing in which Solie reached a plea deal and was sentenced. District Court Judge Jane Kauvar also indicated in court that she was sentencing Solie, 43, as a first-time offender.

O'Bryant, who served as prosecutor in the case, said he did not know about the Vermont conviction until contacted by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Friday.

"(In) my memory of the review of the file, there was no information in the police report about a prior conviction," he said. "If it does exist ... then I will look into it."



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