Jamison Gallion sentencing hearing: Day two
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On day two of the Jamison Gallion sentencing hearing at the Rabinowitz Courthouse the defense and prosecution deliberated the justification for recommended sentences.
This entailed examination of previous arson cases and the sentences that were given for those cases to see how they compared to this case. Risk of injury in each case, prior criminal history, the number of properties damaged, along with the severity of damages were included in the examination.
Both the defense and prosecution argued over some of the charges and how the charges pertained to the case. The charge and definition of terroristic threatening was disputed by the defense claiming it did not fit the case well.
The court also heard from Wayne Shea, the president of the Pleasant Valley Community Association, who suggested that Gallion should be given the maximum sentence.
When Judge Lyle asked the prosecution and defense for their recommended sentences, the prosecution for the State of Alaska recommended Gallion be sentenced to a total of 35 years, with 17 served and 18 suspended. Meanwhile, the defense recommended Gallion only be sentenced with 4 years served and 7 suspended.
During final statements, Gallion apologized to the victims of his arsons and the Two Rivers community as a whole, saying that he deserves a harsh sentence.
Judge Lyle has moved the sentencing date to Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 2 p.m.
After the court was adjourned, victims of the arsons expressed anger and sorrow with the recommended sentences.
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