Drunk driver gets same prison term

Posted: Monday, December 21, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Despite winning an appeal earlier this year for a new sentence, a convicted drunk driver has been sentenced to the exact same prison term.

Eugene Bottcher, 66, is serving 20 years after he struck and killed a 13-year-old bicyclist four years ago.

Earlier this year, the Alaska Court of Appeals asked a Superior Court judge to re-sentence him, citing similar cases where defendants received lesser sentences.

But Judge Douglas Blankenship on Friday kept the sentence the same, saying it's a deterrent to keep other from driving drunk. Blankenship also kept the three years of probation and three years suspended time from the original sentence.

The only change Blankenship made: one condition of probation that would have banned Bottcher from sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle.

Ex-Kodiak legislator LeDoux denied House bid

ANCHORAGE - Former Kodiak legislator Gabrielle LeDoux has suffered a setback in her bid for a state House seat in Anchorage.

The Alaska Division of Elections rejected LeDoux's filing because she hasn't lived in her district long enough. LeDoux has lived in the Muldoon district since May 15, and the law requires a candidate to live in their district for at least a year.

LeDoux can refile for the office once she's lived in the district for a year, and the filing deadline for next year's election isn't until June 1.

LeDoux relinquished her Kodiak seat for an unsuccessful run for Congress.

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