Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, December 03, 2006

Juneau man stabbed in chest by wife

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JUNEAU - A 51-year-old Juneau man is recovering after being stabbed in the chest by his wife during an argument, police said Friday.

The man's wife, Delores Mazon, 42, was arrested and charged with domestic assault in the third degree, a class C felony.

Police said that around 1:26 a.m. Friday in her Gruening Park apartment, Mazon stabbed her husband in the right side of his chest. The nature of the argument that led to the stabbing is unclear, but police say Mazon had been drinking.

The man was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for observation, then released, police said. Mazon was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Jury indicts man on manslaughter charge

FAIRBANKS - A man behind the wheel of a car that crashed, killing his wife, has been indicted on a vehicular manslaughter charge.

Edward Lovato, 42, was driving a rental car Feb. 9 on Chena Hot Spring Road east of Fairbanks with his wife, Elizabeth, 41. The car left the roadway, rolled and spun into a tree, killing Elizabeth Lovato.

Alaska State Troopers said her husband was impaired by alcohol and drugs.

The Lovatos had moved to Barrow from New Mexico in the fall of 2005 after the North Slope Borough School District hired Elizabeth Lovato as an English teacher.

They were visiting Fairbanks for a conference.

Firefighters spent 35 minutes cutting open the car to reach Edward Lovato.

At the time of the crash, troopers said alcohol may have been involved. They also said the rented 2004 Toyota sedan did not have suitable winter tires.

The grand jury met last week. Lovato also faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, misconduct involving a controlled substance - marijuana - and a charge for having an open container of alcohol. Prosecutors said investigators found alcoholic beverages in the car.

Judge sentences man to 109 years in prison

ANCHORAGE - A 74-year-old Eagle River man was sentenced to 109 years in prison for murdering his wife and trying to kill another woman in 2004.

Keith Landers was convicted in July of first-degree murder for shooting his wife, Evangeline Landers, as they divided their property in the middle of a bitter divorce after 27 years. He also was convicted of attempted murder for shooting at a family friend, Joerene Hout.

The sentence was symbolic, a message to the community that murder will not be tolerated, said Superior Court Judge Philip Volland.

The issue at a court hearing Friday was whether Landers should be sentenced to serve more years than he could live.

"There is a need for a sentence to speak to deter others," Volland said. "I shouldn't give Mr. Landers a break just because he is a 74-year-old."

Landers and his wife were dividing their belongings on Nov. 19, 2004. Hout was trying to mediate.

At one point, Keith Landers went to the basement and started dropping dishes. The women followed to see what had broken.

Hout told police Landers, armed with a pistol, grabbed her and pulled the trigger. A bullet whizzed passed her head, she said. Landers ran upstairs. Hout heard two gunshots.

"(He) chased her down and shot her," said prosecutor Sharon Illsley at Friday's hearing, where she urged a hefty sentence.



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