Man convicted of sexually abusing minors will serve 50 years in prison

Mark King, 51, of Fairbanks sits in court awaiting to hear his sentence in his conviction of...
Mark King, 51, of Fairbanks sits in court awaiting to hear his sentence in his conviction of multiple counts of sexually abusing minors. (John Dougherty/KTVF)(John Dougherty/KTVF)
Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 6:16 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Mark King, 51, of Fairbanks was handed down a 90 year prison sentence for multiple sexual crimes against minors. Judge Thomas Temple suspended 40 years of the sentence for a total time served of 50 years.

King was convicted in June of 2019 of multiple counts of sexually abusing two minors.

The prosecution had asked for a sentence of 101 years with 20 years suspended be imposed. The state justified the request by citing the horrific nature of the crimes King committed and stating that the likelihood of him changing was low.

King’s attorney, Gary Stapp, had requested the court hand down the minimum required sentence of 25 years and four days. Stapp cited his health condition as reason for receiving only the minimum sentence. King had suffered a stroke prior to his arrest.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Temple heard from one of the victims and multiple victim representatives. The mother of one of the victims said that King was a, “monster who had no soul.”

King’s mother joined the proceedings by telephone and said that ‘he wasn’t always like this’ and asked for forgiveness for him. A friend of King also spoke at the sentencing in his defense, saying she doesn’t believe he would have ever done that.

In an emotional statement King told the court that he had done wrong and that he was a vile person, but also insisted he isn’t all bad and that he always has tried to do right. He also asked the court for mercy and said he wanted to have a chance to prove that he was a good person.

During the sentencing Judge Temple strongly condemned Kings actions as some of the worst possible offenses. He said that the sentence would not only serve to punish King and prevent him from future wrongdoing, but that it would also stand as a deterrent to other people who may be tempted to do what King did.

King may be released before 50 years for good time, but when he is released he will be required to serve 10 years’ probation. King is also required to register as a sex offender for life.

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