Eric Rustad sentenced for January 2020 domestic violence murder
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Eric Rustad, the man who was convicted of the 2020 domestic violence murder of Kristen Huntington was sentenced in a Fairbanks courtroom by Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle on February 1, 2023.
The timeline of events that led to the arrest and conviction of Rustad are listed below.
- January 10, 2020, one of Ms. Huntington’s friends reported her missing to the Fairbanks Police Department.
- The following day, Rustad walked into the Fairbanks Police Department (FPD) with cuts on his arms and told officers “I know I did it.”
- January 12, 2020, police found Ms. Huntington’s body wrapped in a blanket in the empty apartment across the hall from the one she shared with Rustad.
- Rustad was arrested on Jan. 16, 2020.
Police release additional information in homicide of Fairbanks woman and Bail set at $1,000,000 for Eric Rustad provides detailed information that lead to the arrest and conviction of Rustad.
“Ms. Huntington died as a result of blunt force trauma to her head. She received two mortal injuries to the back of her head and had a serious laceration to the front of her head from Rustad’s brutal assault. Rustad and Ms. Huntington were in a romantic relationship that included previous incidents of domestic violence,” stated a department of law press release.
Judge Lyle conveyed “Rustad’s actions violated some of the most basic societal norms of family and bodily autonomy and that Rustad had a low rehabilitative potential.”
Rustad was sentenced to 50 years in jail with an additional 15 years suspended for a period of 10 years probation.
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