David Paul was sentenced on Thursday to 13 years in prison with 6 years suspended (or 7 years to serve in prison) for the death of a four-month old baby. Paul told the court that he “didn’t do what he was accused of” and said that he was not a violent person.
Investigators elicited an apparent confession from Paul that seemed to indicate he shook Rian Orr once in an effort to quiet her down after he accidentally dropped her. Paul’s defense presented evidence at trial that refuted the so-called Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Paul’s grandmother Barbara Bruce maintained that he was innocent during an interview with reporters outside the courthouse on Thursday. She suggested that poor nutritional habits by the baby’s mother Jaki Orr caused the injuries that led to the baby’s death.
Paul has already served over two years in prison.
He was also ordered by Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg to serve 7 years on probation.
Paul was charged in the death of four-month old Rian Orr and convicted during a jury trial earlier this year.
- At a 30-day wellness camp hosted at Ekwok Lodge, participants fought alcohol and drug addiction with fishing and berry picking. Friday was graduation day.
- Before he was reassigned, Joel Clement was part of a working group focused on village relocation and coastal resilience in Alaska.
- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and its partners, including Kodiak area Native corporations, are at the beginning of a two-and-a-half year, $1.8 million study of elk and bears on on Afognak Island to help balance game management and logging.
- Kodiak Island Borough resource manager and officer Maggie Slife was part of a group that went out on a rainy day to inspect the completed replanting of the burn area the Chiniak fire left behind in 2015.