JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska lawmakers have passed a bill intended to address issues in state law highlighted by a controversial case last year.
The measure now goes to Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the bill would change the definition of “sexual contact” to include “knowingly causing the victim to come into contact with semen.” It would make strangling someone unconscious a first-degree assault, allow more serious punishments for other crimes involving strangulation and change how the state grants prison credit for time spent on electronic monitoring.
Justin Schneider, who was accused of choking and masturbating on a woman, spent a year on electronic monitoring before taking a plea deal and received no additional jail sentence.
The judge who approved the deal was ousted last year following public outcry.
The Associated Press
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A video showing a car pulling a rolled-up carpet down a snowy Alaska road may be linked to the death of a man found dead in the vehicle later that night.
Alaska State Troopers initially reported the death last month of Jose Santiago, 56, as a fatality in a car crash west of Fairbanks.
Troopers now suspect Santiago died as the result of foul play, and they are seeking public assistance in solving the case, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported .
Troopers on Tuesday announced a suspicious death had occurred Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving, on a College Road, a busy road east-west street that spans the north side of Fairbanks.
The announcement included a video clip shot between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. The video shows a white Volvo station wagon pulling or dragging a rolled-up piece of carpeting
Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article222660265.html
Federal authorities are investigating the mysterious death of a 39-year-old woman who died on an Alaska-bound cruise ship on Tuesday after an alleged domestic dispute, PEOPLE confirms.
Kristy Manzanares, from Utah, died on the Emerald Princess cruise ship, an FBI official confirms to PEOPLE. Although few details have been released about the situation, Princess Cruises officials said the dispute occurred at around 9 p.m. and resulted in the woman’s death, ABC reports.
“They just said, ‘Security breach! Security breach!’ ” one witness, Jen Larson, told ABC News. “We could tell by the sound of his voice that it was something really scary and really serious.”
Other witnesses told ABC that they heard a woman “screaming for her life.”
Larsen said that a member of her family saw Manzanares’ young daughter distraught just after the incident.
“She was just really scared,” Larson
Read more at: http://people.com/crime/kristy-manzanares-death-cruise-ship-alleged-domestic-dispute/
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