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 Jan. 23, 2022

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

Tausha Nicole Cornell, 23, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed June 16, 2021. She was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge.

Tausha N. Cornell, 23, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Dec. 10, 2021. She was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge.

Donald Alfred Eide, Jr., 55, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Dec. 17, 2021. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail or on electronic monitoring with 87 days suspended, fined 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, ordered not to possess, consume or buy alcohol for one year, and was placed on probation for 12 months.

Michael C. Fournier, 42, of Revere, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence, committed Nov. 13, 2021, and one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Dec. 7, 2021. On count one, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail or on electronic monitoring 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, consume or buy alcohol for one year, and placed on probation for 12 months. Count two was judged a conviction of record only.

William M. Hamby, 18, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to minor operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol, committed Feb. 21, 2021. He was fined. $500 and a $20 court surcharge and ordered to perform 40 hours of community work service, which was satisfied in pre-trial diversion. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Piercen J. Sproul, 22, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Mar. 27, 2021. Sproul was sentenced to 90 days in jail or on electronic monitoring with 87 days suspended (time served on electronic monitoring), fined a $150 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had driver’s license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Russell Elliott Wilson, Jr., 40, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to violating a domestic violence protective order, committed Dec. 18, 2020. He was sentenced to 100 days in jail with 90 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a domestic violence intervention program and a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendations, and was placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Russell Elliott Wilson, Jr., 40, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended with a previous conviction and one count of violating condition of release for a felony, committed Apr. 20, 2021, to one count of violating condition of release for a felony, committed May 17, 2021, to one count of violating condition of release for a felony, committed June 15, 2021, and to one count of an amended charge of failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge, committed May 25, 2021. On the count of driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended, he was fined $500, a $100 court surcharge, and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended. On each of the counts of violating condition of release, he was sentenced to 10 days in jail. On the May 25 count of failure to appear, he was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended and placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Russell Elliott Wilson, Jr., 40, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of an amended charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and two counts of violating condition of release for a felony, committed Dec. 6, 2021. On count one, he was sentenced to 300 days in jail with 270 days suspended, 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. On each of the counts of violating condition of release, he was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

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

Tausha Nicole Cornell, 23, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to second-degree theft (access device or identification document), committed May 21, 2021. Imposition of sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for two years, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $200 cost of appointed counsel, ordered to have no contact with victim, forfeited all items seized, and ordered, among other conditions of probation, to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered not to use, possess or consume any alcoholic beverages or illegal controlled substances, including synthetic drugs and marijuana, ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, stolen property, and/or credit card account information, ordered to give prior notice to the probation officer of all checking, savings or other monetary accounts and application for or receipt of any credit card accounts, ordered to inform any employer of this conviction and probation status, and ordered to pay restitution. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

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