54-year-old Steven Marshall, of Wrangell, was convicted of assault in June. His sentencing hearing was Tuesday.
The Honorable Judge William Carey was presiding. He sentenced Marshall to 15 years imprisonment with five years suspended.
That means he’ll begin with a ten year term minus time already served. Good behavior could reduce his time by another third.
Judge Carey said he took a number of factors into consideration in making his decision.
“This case has been the subject of some discussion and media reports in this community at least. And I need to make a few comments about the nature of domestic violence and its effect on the community.”
Marshall was alleged to have assaulted his former girlfriend in Bloom’s Trailer Court in December 2011.
He faced seven felony charges. The jury found him guilty of assault in the first and third degrees.
The first degree assault is a Class A felony in Alaska. It carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a minimum of seven to 11 years.
Judge Carey said that while he’d received 25 letters of support for Marshall, he made the decision to deliver the upper end of the minimum sentence. He said that drugs, alcohol, and domestic violence are serious problems in the community.
“Although a significant portion of the community here, based on the letters, thinks Mr. Marshall ought to go home as soon as he can, there is undoubtedly a substantial portion of the community that thinks violence of this sort is never acceptable, and they are right.”
Marshall will be subject to parole for five years following his release.