Jordan Mark sentenced to 99 years for the murder of 10-year-old Ida Aguchak
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Michael MacDonald sentenced Jordan Mark to 99 years in prison for murdering 10-year-old Ida Aguchak. The crime took place in the village of Quinhagak in March 2020.
According to a press release, court proceedings occurred in Bethel and no trial was held. 20-year-old Mark had pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree and had signed an admission of facts admitting to kidnapping, sexually assaulting, and murdering 10-year-old “Girle” Aguchak on March 15, 2020.
Judge MacDonald said Mr. Mark was a worst offender. “These actions demonstrate a depravity of heart and derangement of mind that makes Jordan Mark too dangerous to live in a civil society,” said Judge MacDonald. “It is impossible to imagine a more depraved, brutal, cold-hearted kidnapping, rape, and murder. It is hard to imagine greater cruelty. This was deliberate cruelty. It is hard to imagine a more vulnerable victim.”
Mr. Mark told the court “I apologize for the pain I caused and the hearts I broke. There is no excuse for what I’ve done. I hope you see past that and see who I actually am. I’m a human being. I made a terrible mistake.”
Prosecutor Bailey Woolfstead argued Mr. Mark made a series of deliberate choices thoughout the night, and also the following week that showed he was not amenable to rehabilitation, as stated in the press release. The State emphasized Mr. Mark lied to local law enforcement when he claimed to have searched the area where he knew Ida’s body was and had pointed State Troopers to an innocent person as a suspect in order to draw suspicion away from himself.
The State argued that Mr. Mark deserved the highest sentence because he continuously chose violence and showed a shocking disregard for the consent, safety, and the life of Ida Aguchak in every decision he made on March 15, 2020, as well as during his attempts to cover up his crimes.
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