Opinion upholding 40 year sentence for Juneau man issued again, published

The Alaska Court of Appeals has issued another opinion upholding a prison sentence for a Juneau man convicted for abducting and sexually assaulting a 15-year old girl.

The ruling was handed down Friday.

Christopher Allen Scholes was sentenced to 70-years in prison for the December 2008 crime. Thirty-years out of the composite sentence was suspended.

An opinion issued last month was a Memorandum of Judgment (MOJ) that only applied to the Scholes case. Appellate court clerks say they’ve since received a request-to-publish, meaning that the opinion can now be cited or referred to in other cases.

Scholes’ defense argued before the Alaska Court of Appeals that the sentence was excessive, partly based on his prospects for eventual rehabilitation.

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