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The state defends no-prison in Anchorage assault case

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Department of Law was a judge in the sentence that calls for no prison time for an Anchorage man who authorities say offered a woman a ride and choked her until she was unconscious.

Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault in the case. A kidnapping responsible was dropped as part of the plea deal.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Corey Michael sentenced Schneider to two years with one year suspended.

Schneider also received a credit for a year he served under house arrest and will serve no extra time, as long as he is not in conflict with the terms of his probation.

The sentence drew public outrage Friday, the Anchorage Daily News reported .

A movement is underway calling for the ouster of the court. An Anchorage social worker created a Facebook page calling for a “no” vote Nov. 6 on the conservation of Corey.

Schneider stifled a Alaska Native woman and then masturbated over her unconscious body, according to charging documents. He also told the woman he would kill her if she screamed, Anchorage police detective Brett Sarber wrote in the affidavit.

The victim was not present or on the phone during the hearing.

The meaning is pointed out on a very weak legal system, according to sexual assault lawyers.

“This is another example of an Alaska Native woman, not to the justice that they deserve,” said Elizabeth Williams, a sex-attack survived.

A number of concerned citizens told the legislation of a member state of the department that they also believed Schneider’s sentence was too lenient.

Schneider’s lawyer, Anchorage Assistant District Attorney Andrew Grannik, has argued that Schneider lost his job as an air traffic controller about the cost and called that a “life sentence.”

Criminal division Director John Skidmore investigated the case and said it was “in line with, and is reasonable under the current laws, and sentencing in Alaska.”

Schneider did not have a criminal record prior to the incident.

Gov. Bill Walker agreed that the sentence was insufficient, and said in a statement that he wants to toughen laws.

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Information: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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