A sentence of three years in prison for a man who left behind blood as he burglarized a storage unit and a contractor’s office in August of last year.
Keoki W. Cunningham, 37, was sentenced in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday for the burglaries at a painting contractor’s office in Lemon Creek and a storage unit on Glacier Highway. The blood was collected and sent to the state crime lab. It matched Cunningham’s DNA profile in a state and national data base. Total value of items stolen was about $1,000.
During Wednesday’s sentencing, Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg noted Cunningham’s previous convictions for theft and assault and surmised that some may have been alcohol related. He recommended placement in a substance abuse treatment program. Cunningham did not say anything when he had the chance. But both his defense attorney and the prosecutor noted Cunningham’s early willingness to take responsibility, even to the extent of trying to plead guilty when the case was initiated in a lower court.
- The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning until Saturday morning for Mendenhall River and surrounding area.
- Large projects can often be contentious, and two of the most debated state projects in the past few years have been the Knik Arm Crossing and the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.
- Gov. Bill Walker announced an additional $10 million cut to the University of Alaska.
- The largest share of that cut is to the account the state uses to partially reimburse local governments for school bonds.