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 Feb. 27, 2022

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

A charge of fourth-degree theft against Rachel Jean Beier, 23, of Kingston, Idaho, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Aug. 2, 2016.

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

Jessy James Ackerman, 32, of Anchor Point, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release for a felony, committed Nov. 10, 2019. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, forfeited all items seized, ordered to obtain a substance abuse referral and successfully complete up to the maximum period of inpatient treatment established by the court, and was placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Rachel Beier, 23, of Kingston, Idaho, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted second-degree theft (access devise), committed June 22, 2016. 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 not to return to Kenai Walmart or Soldotna Sportsman’s Warehouse, and placed on probation for 24 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Jason S. Hunt, 29, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Sept. 12, 2019. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail with 100 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 (unless time is served on electronic monitoring), 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 two years, and placed on probation for two years.

Alexander Fisher Kotecki, 21, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Jan. 7. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 8 days suspended, fined $2,000 with $500 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $330 cost of imprisonment (unless time is served on electronic monitoring), 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.

Aaron Rylie Wirtanen, 22, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of improper use of registration, title or plates and one count of no motor vehicle liability insurance, committed Feb. 16. On the count of improper use of registration, title or plates, he was fined $100, a $100 court surcharge, and a $50 jail surcharge. On the count of no motor vehicle liability insurance, he was fined $100. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

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

Ian Michael Dodds, 46, address unknown, pleaded guilty to third-degree misconduct involving weapons (felon in possession), committed Jan. 1, 2021. He was sentenced to three years in prison, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $100 jail surcharge, ordered to pay $200 cost of appointed counsel, and forfeited all items seized. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Kiana Cheyenne Edgmon, 25, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed Jan. 7, 2021 (with a previous conviction of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance within the preceding 10 years). Imposition of sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for four years, 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, not to use or possess any alcohol to excess or illegal controlled substances, including marijuana and synthetic drugs, including “spice” and bath salts, ordered to notify the probation officer within 48 hours of all medication prescriptions and sign a release of information allowing the probation officer to verify the prescription, not to reside where illegal controlled substances are present, not to possess, apply for or obtain a medical marijuana card or act as a caregiver while under supervision, ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered to have no contact with two specifically named people or convicted felons, and ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and evidence of controlled substance transactions. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Jaycee Clinton Herrmann, 22, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one felony count of first-degree vehicle theft and one misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, committed Jan. 31, 2020. He was sentenced to four years in prison with two years suspended on the felony count, and to one year in jail on the misdemeanor count (unsuspended time to run concurrently and credit given for time already served), fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $250 cost of appointed counsel, had his license revoked for 30 days, ordered to pay restitution in the amounts of $1660.49, $1,127.10 and $2,092.35, forfeited all items seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to consume alcohol to excess, to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of alcohol to excess, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, evidence of controlled substance transactions, weapons, and stolen property, ordered to complete an integrated behavioral health evaluation and to successfully complete all behavioral health, mental health and substance abuse programs, ordered to have no contact with three specifically named individual victims or with Anthony’s Transmission or Big John’s gas station, ordered not to associate with people who use or sell illegal controlled substances nor enter or remain in places where illegal controlled substances are used, manufactured, grown or sold, and was placed on probation for five years after serving any term of incarceration imposed. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

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