The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, AK as seen on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, AK as seen on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Court reports for Dec. 6, 2020

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The following judgments were recently handed down in Kenai District Court:

Dominic Sunrise Ronellenfitch, 25, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal trespass (in a dwelling), committed Oct. 30. He was sentenced to 40 days in jail with all but time served suspended, fined $500 with $250 suspended, a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with victim or victim’s residence, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Karyn R. Cornett, 24, of Nikiski, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, committed Aug. 2, 2019. She was sentenced to six months in jail with five months suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with Home Depot, Walmart, an individual victim or with co-defendants, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendations, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for 36 months.

Mark Smith, 25, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving while license cancelled, revoked or suspended, committed June 8. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and had his license revoked for 90 days.

Danny Trephon Alexan, Jr., 42, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence, committed Sept. 15, and one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Oct. 9. On count one, he was sentenced to 320 days in jail with 260 days suspended, fined $5,000 with $1,000 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $2,000 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for three years, and was placed on probation for five years. On count two, he was sentenced to five days in jail. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Russell W. Ambacher, 27, of Seward, pleaded guilty to four counts of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Aug. 3, and one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Oct. 8. On the first count of violating conditions of release, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 89 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete 80 hours of community work service, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for 24 months. On the second count of violating conditions of release, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 89 days suspended and placed on concurrent probation for 24 months. On the third-count of violating conditions of release, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 89 days suspended, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on concurrent probation for two years. On the fourth-count of violating conditions of release, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 89 days suspended and placed on concurrent probation for 24 months. On the Oct. 8 count of violating conditions of release, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 89 days suspended and placed on concurrent probation for 24 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Gwen Marie Slater, 47, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed May 24. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 177 days suspended, fined $2,000 with $500 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $330 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had her license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, ordered not to possess, consume or buy alcohol for two years, and placed on probation for 24 months.

Michael McDonnell Ackerman, 44, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed June 26. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, fined $2,000 with $500 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $330 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, ordered not to possess or consume alcohol or enter into or remain in any bars or liquor stores, and placed on probation for 24 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Aaron Ervin Curtiss, 35, of Sterling, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed May 13. He was sentenced to 250 days in jail with 190 days suspended, fined $5,000 with $1,000 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $2,000 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for three years, ordered ignition interlock for 18 months, ordered not to possess, consume or buy alcohol for two years, and placed on probation for 24 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Jonathon J. Herrmann, 19, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence and one count of violating condition of release for a felony, committed June 12. On the count of driving under the influence, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended (time served), fined $2,000 with $500 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $330 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for one year. On the count of violating conditions of release, he was sentenced to 10 days in jail (time served) and forfeited all items seized. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Nathan Paul William Maxie, 31, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons, committed Jan. 24. He was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with victims unless permitted at their request, ordered not to consume or buy alcohol for 24 months, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendations, forfeited items seized, including firearms seized in all cases, ordered not to possess any firearms during the probationary period, and was placed on probation for 24 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Nathan Paul William Maxie, 31, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree assault (causing fear of injury) and one count of fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons (possession while intoxicated), committed Apr. 18, and one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Sept. 10. On the count of fourth-degree assault, he was sentenced to 330 days in jail with all but time served suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with victims unless contact is requested, ordered not to consume or buy alcohol for 36 months, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendations, forfeited items seized, including firearms seized in all cases, ordered not to possess any firearms, and placed on probation for 36 months. On the count of fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons, he was ordered to have no contact with victims unless contact is requested, ordered not to consume or buy alcohol for 24 months, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendations, forfeited items seized, including firearms seized in all cases, ordered not to possess any firearms, and placed on probation for 24 months. On the count of violating conditions of release, he was ordered to have no contact with victims unless contact is requested on record, ordered not to consume or buy alcohol for 24 months, forfeited items seized, including firearms seized in all cases, ordered not to possess any firearms, and placed on probation for 24 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Savana L. McNamara, 25, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault (recklessly injure), committed Nov. 12. She was fined a $100 court surcharge, ordered to complete an anger management assessment and follow all recommendations (may complete online), and was placed on probation for 24 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Jeremy Ryan Seal, 40, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree assault (recklessly injure) and one count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed Feb. 5, 2019. On the count of fourth-degree assault, he was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and follow all recommendations, forfeited any items seized, and was placed on probation for 36 months. On the count of fourth=degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, he was ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and follow all recommendations, forfeited any items seized, and was placed on probation for 36 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Gwen Marie Slater, 47, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Nov. 9. She was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and placed on probation for 24 months.

Jacob Daniels Stanfield, 36, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to third-degree theft, committed July 13, 2019. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with all but time served suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with victim, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendations, ordered to pay restitution, and placed on probation for 36 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Christian Tyler Athey, 24, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree vehicle theft and one count of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed Aug. 21. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 150 days suspended on count one and to 180 days with 180 days suspended on count two, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, forfeited all items seized, ordered to obtain a substance abuse evaluation and follow all treatment recommendations, and placed on probation for three years.

Robert Raymond Backstrom, 38, of Sterling, pleaded guilty to one count of an amended charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and one count of fourth-degree theft, committed Dec. 12, 2019. On count one, he was sentenced to 360 days in jail with all but time served suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $200 cost of appointed counsel, ordered to have no contact with Soldotna Safeway store, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendations, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for three years. On the count of fourth-degree theft, he was fined $500 with $250 suspended, ordered to have no contact with Soldotna Safeway store, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Robert Raymond Backstrom, 38, of Sterling, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of violating condition of release for a felony, committed Aug. 30. He was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendations, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for three years.

Steven Russell Brown, 48, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed June 13. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, fined $2,000 with $500 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $330 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Ryann Catina Laree Hobert, 24, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to one count of an amended charge of third-degree theft and one count of violating condition of release, committed Oct. 8. On count one, she was sentenced to 360 days in jail with 320 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with victims, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for 36 months. On count two, she was sentenced to five days in jail and forfeited all items seized.

Jeremiah F. Lefao, 22, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of disorderly conduct, committed Apr. 17, 2019. He was sentenced to one day in jail and fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge.

Jeremiah Finauga Lefao, 22, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release, committed June 5, 2019. He was fined $250, a $100 court surcharge, and a $50 jail surcharge. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Jeremiah Finauga Lefao, 22, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of an amended charge of fourth-degree assault and one count of violating condition of release, committed Nov. 17. On count one, he was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with victim or Soldotna High School properties, ordered to complete an anger management assessment and follow all recommendations, and was placed on probation for 36 months. On count two, he was sentenced to five days in jail.

Merissa Osmar, 26, of Clam Gulch, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release for a felony, committed Oct. 11, 2019. She was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendations, forfeited items seized, and was placed on probation for 12 months.

Morgan Veann Weimer, 27, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Aug. 13. Weimer was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, fined $2,000 with $500 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $330 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had driver’s license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, ordered not to possess, consume or buy alcohol for on year, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Brian Marquis Brown, 26, address unknown, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fourth-degree assault (recklessly injure), committed July 12. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge.

Christian Daniel Osentoski, 30, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Apr. 4. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, fined $2,000 with $500 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $330 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment (already completed), had his license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, ordered not to possess, consume or buy alcohol for one year, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Kevin Dale O’Quinn, 39, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed June 22. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail with 130 days suspended, fined $4,000 with $1,000 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $1,467 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for one year, ordered ignition interlock for 12 months, ordered not to possess, consume or buy alcohol for three years, and placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Merissa B. Osmar, 26, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release, committed May 28, 2019. She was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendations, forfeited items seized, and was placed on probation for 12 months.

The following dismissals were recently handed down in Kenai District Court:

A charge of violating condition of release against Chelsey Payne, 28, of Sterling, was dismissed. Date of the charge was June 1, 2019.

A charge against Clinton Ray Lageson, 36, of Kenai, of second-degree unlawful contact when charged with a Class A misdemeanor/felony offense was dismissed. Date of the charge was Oct. 13.

A charge against Kenneth Lee Martin, 54, address unknown, of failure to appear on a felony charge was dismissed. Date of the charge was Aug. 7, 2014.

A charge of driving under the influence against Cooper Owen Kimble, 23, of Seward, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Jan. 24.

A charge of third-degree theft against Kahlan Madison Miroth, 21, of Shageluk, was dismissed. Date of the charge was July 16.

Charges of one count of driving while license cancelled, revoked or suspended and one count of violating condition of release against Adora Kathryn Johnston, 31, of Kenai, were dismissed. Date of the charges was Dec. 29, 2018.

Charges of one count of first-degree hindering prosecution of a felony and one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor against Adora Kathryn Johnston, 31, of Kenai, were dismissed. Date of the charges was Sept. 4.

A charge against Merissa Brook Osmar, 26, of Soldotna, of failure to appear on a felony charge was dismissed. Date of the charge was Sept. 24, 2019.

A charge of unlawful abandonment against Steven Andrew Meyer, 47, of Anchor Point, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Feb. 19.

A charge of driving while license cancelled, revoked or suspended against Mark Smith, 25, of Soldotna, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Feb. 20.

A charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance against Robert Wayne Westover, 50, of Kenai, was dismissed. Date of the charge was June 9.

A charge of fourth-degree assault (recklessly injure) against Jonathan J. Herrmann, 19, of Kenai, was dismissed. Date of the charge was May 8.

A charge of driving while license cancelled, revoked or suspended against Christian T. Athey, 24, of Kenai, was dismissed. Date of the charge was June 17.

A charge of tempering with physical evidence against Brian R. McCoy, 37, of Kenai, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Sept. 13.

The following judgments were recently handed down in Kenai Superior Court:

Matthew Walter Phillips, 29, address unknown, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree theft and one count of felony driving under the influence, committed Oct. 4, 2019. He was sentenced to 42 months in prison on each count, time to run concurrently, fined $10,000, a $200 court surcharge and a $100 jail surcharge, ordered to pay restitution, ordered to pay $300 cost of appointed counsel, had his license permanently revoked, subject to conditional restoration, is disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for life, subject to conditional reinstatement, ordered to have no contact with a specifically named person, and forfeited all items seized. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Jonathan Hermann, Jr., 19, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to second-degree theft (firearm/explosive), committed Apr. 10, 2019. Imposition of sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for three years, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $500 cost of appointed counsel, ordered to pay restitution, ordered to have no contact with victims, forfeited all items seized, ordered, as a special condition of probation, to serve 60 days in prison (time served), and ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to use or possess any alcoholic beverages or illegal controlled substances, including synthetic drugs and marijuana, not to reside where alcoholic beverages are present or enter any business establishment whose primary business is the sale of alcohol, ordered to complete substance abuse and mental health evaluations and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of alcohol, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, evidence of controlled substance transactions and stolen property, ordered not to associate with individuals who use or sell illegal controlled substances nor enter or remain in places where illegal controlled substances are used, manufactured, grown or sold, and ordered to be employed, actively seeking employment or actively engaged in school or vocational training while on probation. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

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