Four men sentenced for 2016 crime spree

Published: Jul. 7, 2017 at 9:03 PM AKDT
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Four men were sentenced to prison for their roles in a 2016 crime spree that included theft and burglary.

The sentence came about after a plea agreement with the Anchorage District Attorney's office.

Faamolemole Uiese, 27, Fale Moevao, 31, Usugofono Palauni, 24, and David Ekeroma Fatialofa, 27 pleaded guilty to theft in the first and second degree and burglary in the second. Under that agreement Uiese, Moevao, and Palauni were sentenced to three years. Fatialofa will receive a sentence of ten years in prison.

That's after he pled guilty to the attempted murder of an Alaska State Trooper during a vehicle chase in May 2016.

The Anchorage Police Department implicated the four men in the thefts of six different vehicles, break-ins at 12 different businesses and stealing thousands of dollars in property back in March 2016.

In handing down his sentence on Friday, Judge Jack Smith noted that under new sentencing ranges defendants convicted of vehicle theft do not ordinarily get jail time. But because the defendants agreed their crimes were aggravated that led to the imposition of a jail sentence.

Assistant District Attorney James Klugman, who prosecuted the case, thanked the Anchorage Police Department for its work and also pointed out that people who put the lives of Anchorage citizens in jeopardy will be prosecuted. "Those who violate that right – and who put the police officers who protect us in danger – should understand that their

criminal actions will have consequences," says Klugman.