Kenai Courthouse is photographed on February 26, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)

Kenai Courthouse is photographed on February 26, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)

Court reports for the week of Aug. 22, 2021

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The following dismissal was recently handed down in Kenai District Court:

Brandon Nicholas Barfell, 24, of Kenai, pleaded not guilty, and a domestic violence charge of fourth-degree assault (causing fear of injury) was dismissed. Date of the charge was Apr. 8.

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

John Daniel Love, 33, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one felony count of failure to stop at the direction of an officer (for reckless driving), one misdemeanor count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor and one misdemeanor count of no motor liability insurance, committed Nov. 28, 2020, and one misdemeanor count of violating condition of release for a felony, committed Jan. 5. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 23 months suspended on the count of failure to stop at the direction of an officer, to five days in jail on the count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, and to five days on the count of violating condition of release for a felony, fined $500, a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $300 cost of appointed counsel, had his license revoked for 30 days, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to consume alcohol to excess, not to use or possess any illegal controlled substances, including marijuana and synthetic drugs, ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and prohibited weapons, ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered to have no contact with victims in this case without approval from the probation officer, ordered to be employed, actively seeking employment or actively engaged in school or vocational training while on probation, and was placed on probation for five years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Aurora Jade Nicholson, 22, address unknown, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed Mar. 31, 2019. Imposition of sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for 36 months, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $250 cost of appointed counsel, forfeited all items seized, and ordered, among other conditions of probation, to make reasonable effort to secure and maintain steady employment, approved by the probation officer, and to support legal dependents, may not voluntarily charge or terminate employment with permission from the probation officer, ordered not to consume alcohol to excess, not to use or possess any controlled substance, including marijuana, without a valid prescription (a medical marijuana card does not constitute a valid prescription), ordered to submit to search for the presence or illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, 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, ordered to complete a drug/alcohol assessment and follow treatment recommendations, and ordered to complete 80 hours of community work service.

Arlin Lantious Snook, Jr., 49, of Kasilof, pleaded guilty to one count of felony driving under the influence, committed Dec. 11, 2020, and one count of violating condition of release for a felony, committed May 24. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 20 months suspended one the count of driving under the influence and to five days in jail on the count of violating condition of release, credited for time already served, fined $10,000, a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $200 cost of appointed counsel, had his license permanently revoked, subject to conditional restoration, forfeited interest in the vehicle used in the commission of the offense, ordered ignition interlock for 60 months, forfeited all items seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, to complete a screening with an alcohol safety action program or private or public treatment facility and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered to complete a Cognitive Skills/Thinking Errors course if requested to do so by the probation officer, ordered not to consume or possess illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia or be present where illegal drugs and being sold or consumed, ordered not to consume alcohol to excess, ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer for the presence of alcohol, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia or weapons, and was placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

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

Adrian Lee Chya, 44, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Jan. 2. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail with 15 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Shawn Jean Doetsch, 59, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of reckless endangerment, committed Feb. 21. 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, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Rebecca Nicole Douthit-Mattfield, 30, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended, committed June 26. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail with 10 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Amber M. Hansen, 42, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of an amended charge of attempted second-degree theft (access device or ID document), one count of an amended charge of fourth-degree theft, one count of an amended charge of attempted fraudulent use of a stolen access device/ID, and one count of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed Jan. 14. On the count of attempted second-degree theft, she was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with victim, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, ordered to complete 40 hours of community work service, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for four years. On the count of fourth-degree theft, she was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 30 days suspended, ordered to have no contact with victim, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, ordered to perform 40 hours of community work service, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for four years. On the count of attempted fraudulent use of stolen access device/ID, she was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended, ordered to have no contact with victim, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, ordered to perform 40 hours of community work service, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for four years. On the count of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, she was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 30 days suspended, ordered to have no contact with victim, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for four years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Nathan Huffman, 41, of Palmer, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Sept. 27, 2020. 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. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

John Daniel Love, 33, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended with a previous conviction, committed Nov. 2, 2019. He was sentenced to 50 days in jail with 40 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, had his license revoked for 90 days, and placed on probation for three years.

John Daniel Love, 33, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault (recklessly injure), committed July 15, 2020. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail with 120 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with victim, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for three years.

John Love, 33, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, one count of driving while license canceled, suspended or revoked, and one count of no motor vehicle liability insurance, committed Aug. 1, 2020. On count one, he was sentenced to five days in jail. On count two, he was sentenced to 50 days in jail with 40 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, had his license revoked for 90 days, and was placed on probation for three years. On count three, he was fined $500.

Billy F. Nash, 34, of Chevak, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct (loud noise, public/private), committed Aug. 4. He was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Peter Jacob Shutt, 64, of Nikiski, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a domestic violence offense committed July 10. 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 complete a mental health assessment and follow all recommendations, ordered to complete 25 hours of community work service, forfeited items seized, and was placed on probation for 24 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Peter Jacob Shutt, 64, of Nikiski, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct (loud noise disturbing neighbor), committed July 10. He was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge.

Arlin Snook, 49, of Kasilof, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release for a felony, committed Apr. 20. He was sentenced to five days in jail and fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge.

Jacqueline Elena Wassilie, 35, of Bethel, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree harassment (offensive physical contact), committed Nov. 28, 2020. She 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 not to consume or buy alcohol for 36 months, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and anger management and follow all recommendations, and was placed on probation for 36 months.

Jacqueline Elena Wassilie, 35, of Bethel, pleaded guilty to one count of an amended charge of second-degree harassment (offensive physical contact), and one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Dec. 18, 2020. On the count of second-degree harassment, she 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 not to consume or buy alcohol for 36 months, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and anger management and follow all recommendations, and was placed on probation for 36 months. On the count of violating conditions of release, she admitted the facts in the police report. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

The following judgment was recently handed down in Homer District Court:

Hayden Anthony Patterson, 24, of Homer, pleaded guilty to driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended with a previous conviction, committed Apr. 30. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 50 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $100 cost of appointed counsel, had his license revoked for 90 days, forfeited any item seized, and was placed on probation for one year. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

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