18-year old Jamison Gallion enters guilty pleas for Two Rivers area fires

Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 8:49 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The man accused of setting several homes and businesses in the Two Rivers area has entered another change of plea.

On Monday June 27, 2022, in a Fairbanks Courtroom, 18-year old Jamison Gallion entered guilty pleas for charges related to arson, burglary, criminal mischief, and terrorist threats.

Because of a COVID lockdown at the Fairbanks Correctional Center, Jamison Gallion was not able to be present in the courtroom but was heard over speaker as he and his attorney Kenneth Covell, entered a change of plea.

Since his last appearance in court, new evidence was brought forth by the state. Judge Paul Lyle, asked Gallion with the new evidence, if he wanted to go forward with the change of plea.

“The fact that you are going forward today, not knowing what is in this information, might impact your ability to prevail in that motion, to succeed in that motion,” said Judge Paul Lyle. “Do you understand that?”

“Yes,” Gallion replied.

Judge Lyle, reiterated to the defendant his rights, and those he has given up with this change of plea. Shortly after, Gallion plead guilty to 19 charges in addition to the guilty charges in May to the Mckee residence and the Two Rivers Lodge. The change of pleas in this court hearing were associated with Pleasant Valley Thrift Store, The McKee Residence, The Grange Hall, Wagon North Trading Post, a residence on Chena Hot Springs Road, and the Two Rivers Lodge. Gallion also plead guilty to three letters received by the pleasant valley community center, which constituted as a terrorist threat. Two of which were dismissed. Judge Lyle asked if there were was anyone present who did not agree with the charges, one victim came forward.

“I do not agree to dropping charge number nineteen,” said Virginia Mckee. “If Jameson Gallion had not struck the match that burned down our shop and our home and the home of our other tenant, the other rental would never have burned whether his intentions were not to burn it down. That is completely irrelevant. If he had not struck the match in the first place, if he had stayed home that night and watched Netflix, none of us would be here today.”

A trial hearing has been set for early November 2022.

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