Driver admits to charge stemming from single vehicle crash

By September 11, 2014Crime & Courts
Silver Maake

Silver Maake enters the courtroom for his Dec. 2013 arraignment. Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO News

A Juneau man could be sentenced to spend as much as five years in prison after a high-speed accident that seriously injured his cousin over a year and a half ago.

Silver Maake, 24, pled guilty to a charge of felony assault in the third degree during a change of plea hearing in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday. Two other charges of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and felony assault in the first degree were dropped as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

The typical sentence for a first-time felony defendant like Maake could be up to two years in prison. But Maake and his attorney Kirsten Swanson agreed to an aggravator of a most serious offense. The addition of the aggravator means that  Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez could, if he wanted, order Maake to serve up to five years in prison, which is more than the two-year maximum.

Maake may also be ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and spend as much as ten years on probation.

On Jan. 16, 2013, witnesses described a Chevrolet Camaro traveling at extreme high speed leaving the roadway near the McNugget intersection. The car struck a light pole before rolling over and coming to a rest on pedestrian bridge next to Egan Drive.

Both Maake and his passenger, identified as Siaosi Maake, had to be extricated by firefighters beforebeing transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital. As of December 2013, Siaosi Maake was still undergoing physical therapy for neck fractures and other injuries.

When Maake was approached by a reporter seeking comment in the courtroom on Wednesday, Swanson said that he might answer questions during another time that was closer to his sentencing.

Judge Menendez scheduled the sentencing hearing for Nov. 12, 2014.

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