Anchorage man sentenced for federal weapons charge in 2018 shooting death

Published: Feb. 11, 2020 at 4:24 PM AKST
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An Anchorage man facing state murder and manslaughter charges for a July, 2018 shooting death was sentenced to prison Tuesday for a federal weapons charge related to the state murder case.

Clint Registe, 38, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to illegal possession of a firearm as a convicted felon according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Registe was initially named as person of interest and later a suspect in the July 20, 2018 shooting death of 31-year-old Brittney Sparks in Anchorage's Mountain View neighborhood.

He was arrested walking on an Anchorage street in September, 2018 after nearly two months on the run.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Registe shot Sparks in the head while handling a Mak-90 rifle in his Mountain View apartment. A neighbor in the building reportedly heard the shot and entered Registe's apartment to investigate. Registe told the neighbor to call 911 and said he planned to turn himself in according to the release, but then fled from the scene.

Sparks was declared deceased at the scene.

APD investigators found the Mak-90 rifle and three handguns in his apartment, one of which was stolen. APD also found "a substantial supply of ammunition and high capacity magazines" as well as drugs in Registe's apartment according to the release.

After he was arrested on Sept. 11, 2018, Registe allegedly told investigators that he accidentally shot the victim while they were cleaning the apartment.

U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess explained Registe's prior criminal history “involves guns, over and over and over again,” and that “to say that the defendant is dangerous would be an understatement.”

Registe is currently faces state manslaughter and second degree murder charges in connection to Sparks' death.

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