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Anchorage Man Sentenced for Eluding Police and Injuring Five

May 2, 2014

On May 2, 2014, 25 year old Anchorage resident Kevin Wright was sentenced to spend nine years in prison for a serious collision in Anchorage in December 2012. Wright was driving a stolen vehicle in Anchorage on snowy, icy roads in C Street when police tried to conduct a traffic stop. Wright, who had four passengers in the car, refused to stop and instead accelerated through an intersection, colliding with another vehicle in a “T-bone” collision.

The driver of the other vehicle was a mother of two children who suffered potentially life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision. She provided a victim impact statement at today’s sentencing hearing. She told Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton that the collision caused her to be blind in one eye, to be deaf in one ear, to be paralyzed on side of her face and caused her traumatic brain injury.

Wright was previously convicted, pursuant to his guilty pleas, of assault in the first degree and failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer in the first degree. Judge Wolverton sentenced Wright to serve eight years for the assault and one year for the failure to stop for a total of nine years in prison. He could have sentenced Wright to up to 13 years in prison.

Judge Wolverton sentenced Wright to an additional four years of suspended prison time and placed him on probation for three years at the conclusion of his prison sentence. Judge Wolverton told the participants in today’s hearing that “you don’t have to be a lawyer to know that a significant penalty is required” for Wright’s conduct.

CONTACT: Deputy District Attorney Clint Campion @ (907) 269-6300 at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

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