Press Release

Anchorage Inmate Indicted for Assaulting Fellow Inmate

June 7, 2017

Today, June 7, 2017, 29 year old Sara Gallagher was indicted for assaulting another female inmate while in custody. The grand jury indicted Gallagher on one count of assault in the third degree, a class C felony.

On October 7, 2016, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of that an inmate on inmate assault occurred at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River. The investigation revealed that a verbal dispute over the proper use of furniture started between Gallagher and a fellow inmate. The dispute escalated and Gallagher punched the other inmate multiple times, causing physical injuries to the other inmate’s face.

If convicted at trial, Gallagher faces a sentence of up to five years in prison. A defendant’s sentence is determined by the judge who must consider the circumstances of the offense, the impact on the victim and the community, and the potential for rehabilitation of the defendant. The charges in the indictment are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. Gallagher is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This investigation and prosecution demonstrates that the Department of Corrections, the Alaska State Troopers, and the Department of Law are committed to providing inmate with the protection of the law while in custody.

FOR MORE DETAILS, CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Patrick McKay at (907) 269-6300 or patrick.mckay@alaska.gov.

More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

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