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 Oct. 31, 2021

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

A charge of violating a domestic violence protective order against Michael Jay Darwin, 36, of Nikiski, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Mar. 20.

A charge of violating a domestic violence protective order against Michael Jay Darwin, 36, of Nikiski, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Mar. 21.

Charges of one count of driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended with a previous conviction, one count of no motor vehicle liability insurance, and one count of violating condition of release for a felony against Ryan Edward Doty, 36, of Kenai, were dismissed. Date of the charges was July 26.

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

Clayton S. Dempster, 29, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and one count of violating condition of release for a felony, committed Aug. 17. On count one, he was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 175 days suspended, (time served), fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a controlled substances assessment and follow all recommendations, ordered not to possess or consume controlled substances, including marijuana, during the probationary period and not to be in any place where marijuana is the primary item of sale, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for one year. The count of violating condition of release was a conviction of record only. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Michael Eugene Hancock, 64, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree assault (recklessly injure), committed Nov. 28, 2018, and one count of violating condition of release for a felony, committed July 14, 2021. On the count of fourth-degree assault, he was sentenced to 270 days in jail with 230 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with two specifically named people, with First Baptist Church in Kenai, or with Central Peninsula Hospital (unless seeing medical treatment), ordered to complete a mental health assessment and an anger management class and follow all recommendations, ordered to pay restitution, ordered not to have firearms or other deadly weapons, and was placed on probation for 36 months. On the count of violating condition of release, he was sentenced to 10 days in jail and forfeited items seized: handgun, holster, ammunition, magazines, knives and machetes. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Eli Matthew Oswald, 25, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed June 24. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail with 147 days suspended, fined $3,000 with $1,500 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 weapon seized, and was placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Tiffany Amber Woodward, 29, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to violating a domestic violence protective order, committed May 16. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail with all but time served suspended, fined $500 with $500 suspended, a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and placed on probation for 12 months. Contact will be controlled by the domestic violence protective order when/if in effect. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Tiffany Woodward, 29, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to violating a domestic violence protective order, committed June 22. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 90 days suspended, fined $500 with $500 suspended, a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and placed on probation for 12 months. Contact will be controlled by the domestic violence protective order when/if in effect.

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

Tyler D. Barrickman, 27, address unknown, pleaded guilty to third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed Apr. 10, 2020. He was sentenced to five years in prison with four years suspended, credited 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, forfeited all items seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, if requested, give 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 complete a substance abuse assessment and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered not to consume alcohol to excess, not to consume or possess illegal drugs or synthetic cannabinoids or possess drug paraphernalia or marijuana, not to be present where illegal drugs are being sold or consumed or have illegal drugs in the residence, not to consume or possess controlled substances unless prescribed by a physician and to notify the probation officer within 48 hours when prescribed a medical prescription and sign a release of information allowing the probation officer to verify the prescription, ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer for the presence of alcohol, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, stolen property, weapons, or evidence of drug use and/or transactions, and was placed on probation for three years after serving any term of incarceration imposed. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Michael Jay Darwin, 36, of Nikiski, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault (committed fourth-degree assault with two plus convictions) and one count of second-degree assault (injury with a weapon, intent), committed May 13, 2020. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 20 months suspended on the count of third-degree assault and to four years with three years suspended on the count of second-degree assault, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $500 cost of appointed counsel, ordered to have no contact with victims unless they want contact and the no contact order is superseded by another court order, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to use, possess or consume alcohol or illegal controlled substances, including marijuana (unless marijuana is prescribed and approved) synthetic drugs, ordered to notify the probation officer within 48 hours of all medication prescriptions and sign a release of information allowing a probation officer to verify the prescription, ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of alcohol, controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia, ordered to complete substance abuse and mental health evaluations and comply with treatment recommendations, and was placed on probation for five years after serving any term of incarceration imposed. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Ryan Edward Doty, 36, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one felony count of first-degree vehicle theft and one misdemeanor count of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed May 6. 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 $300 cost of appointed counsel, ordered to have no contact with victims or be on either person’s property without written consent from the victims and permission of the probation officer, forfeited all items seized, and ordered, among other conditions of probation, if requested by the probation officer, to notify 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, to attend, participate in and complete a financial counseling program and to successfully complete a cognitive skills/thinking errors course, ordered to complete a substance abuse assessment and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered not to consume or possess illegal drugs or synthetic cannabinoids or drug paraphernalia or be present where illegal drugs are being sold or consumed, and ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer for the presence of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia or weapons and search of financial accounts for the presence of stolen property. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Justin Raymond Pflugh, 35, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of third-degree assault (causing injury with a weapon) and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, committed June 12, 2019. He was sentenced to 36 months in prison with 33 months suspended on the first count of third-degree assault and to a consecutive 24 months with 22 months suspended on the second count of third-degree assault, credited for time already served, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $300 cost of appointed counsel, ordered to pay restitution, ordered to have no contact with victim, forfeited all items seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to use, possess or consume any alcoholic beverages or illegal controlled substances, including synthetic drugs and marijuana, and not to possess drug paraphernalia, ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered to have no contact with known drug users/dealers, ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of alcohol, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and evidence of controlled substance transactions, and was placed on probation for eight years. On the count of driving under the influence, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, fined $1,500 and $330 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, and had his license revoked for 90 days. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Timothy Michael Sherman, 29, address unknown, pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicle theft, committed June 13. He was sentenced to three years in prison, credited for time already served, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $100 jail surcharge, and had his license revoked for 30 days. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

In an amended judgment, Christopher Jason Stetter, 37, address unknown, pleaded guilty to two counts consolidated of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor, committed May 11, 2018 and May 27, 2018, and to a count of first-degree failure to register as a sex offender, committed May 27, 2018. He was sentenced to five years in prison with two and a half years suspended on the consolidated counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor and to one year on the count of failure to register as a sex offender, credited for time already served, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered not to knowingly associate with a person who is on probation or parole, had a record of a felony conviction, or is charged with a felony unless with prior written permission from the probation officer, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to consume alcohol, ordered to register as a sex offender, ordered to obtain a sex offender evaluation/risk assessment and follow all recommendations, ordered to have no contact with victims or victims’ families, not to enter onto the premises, travel past, or loiter near the victim’s residence, place of employment, or other places frequented by the victim, forfeited all items seized, ordered to submit to search by or at the direction of a probation officer, for the presence of sexually explicit material, ordered to provide the probation officer any and all passwords or access codes used on the computer, ordered not to enter any establishment whose primary business is the sale of sexually explicit material nor enter any establishment where nude dancing or posing is part of the entertainment, including but not limited to strip clubs, massage parlors, adult book stores, adult video stores, phone services and internet sites, and ordered not to knowingly have any contact with a person under 18 years of age unless in the immediate presence of another adult who knows the circumstances of his crime, including the assault cycle, if appropriate. This restriction does not prohibit incidental contact in public locations and does not prohibit conversations in public with a minor employee of a business. He was ordered not to enter places where children congregate, such as parks, playgrounds and schools and may not live in areas adjacent to schools or places frequented by children without written permission from the probation officer, ordered not to open or maintain an account with any internet provider and may not participate in any social media accounts, is expressly forbidden from accessing the internet from anyone else’s account without prior written permission from the probation officer, may not reside where a minor under the age of 18 is residing or staying without written permission from the probation officer, his sex offender treatment provider and the parent/guardian of the minor, may not accept employment, educational programming or engage in any volunteer community activity, including subsistence activities, where minors under 18 years of age are present without prior written permission from the probation officer, may not reside where alcoholic beverages are present or enter any business establishment whose primary business is the sale of alcohol, ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, and was placed on probation for 12 years after serving any term of incarceration imposed. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

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