Court rejects Sitka man's sentence appeal

Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010

SITKA - The Alaska Court of Appeals has upheld the sentencing of a 21-year-old Sitka man convicted of stabbing four people to death in 2008.

Jason Abbott was sentenced to 140 years in prison. Appeals Court judges say Abbott failed to prove that the sentencing judge committed a "clear error."

Abbott pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the stabbing deaths of three relatives and another man in his grandparents' home. A fifth person was severely injured and survived.

The Sitka Daily Sentinel reports that Superior Court Judge David George at sentencing stated his intent that Abbott could apply for discretionary parole when he is 66 or 67 years old.

Attorney Dan Bair of the Alaska Office of Public Advocacy claimed the sentence was excessive. He said the appropriate composite sentence for the plea should have been 129 years, making Abbott eligible for discretionary parole in his early 60s.

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