Libbrecht sentenced for racist threats
A Michigan man charged with verbally assaulting a Juneau woman has been sentenced to a year in prison.
In Juneau Superior Court Friday afternoon, Alexander Libbrecht, 32, changed his plea from innocent to no contest on an assault charge for yelling racial slurs at a black woman and threatening to beat her with a baseball bat.
He had been scheduled to stand trial in September.
Superior Court Judge Tom Nave sentenced Libbrecht to 365 days in prison, with 185 days suspended. He is expected to serve 180 days then be on four years’ probation. He also has been fined $1,000.
He currently is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau. The court has ordered that Libbrecht undergo a mental evaluation at Juneau Alliance for Mental Health when he is released.
Juneau police say Libbrecht accosted the alleged victim earlier this month when she was smoking outside a boarding house on the corner of Gold and Fourth streets.
At the time, police described him as pacing up and down the street in a rage.
His behavior was similar to a man who yelled racist slurs, grabbed a flag from an Alaska Native veteran, then ran, shoving and knocking people down during the closing Celebration parade in June.
Juneau police are still investigating Libbrecht for that incident.
He also is under investigation by the U.S. Secret Service for verbal threats against President Barack Obama as well as a New Jersey attorney, who represented him in a previous case.
Libbrecht is wanted in Hawaii on charges of terroristic threatening.