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Nicholas Philemonoff sentenced for burglary of local business

February 14, 2019

(Anchorage, Alaska) – On February 14, 2019, Superior Court Judge Erin Marston sentenced 40-year-old Nicholas Philemonoff to serve two years for Theft in the First Degree, and serve an additional five years of supervised probation.

An Anchorage jury convicted Philemonoff in October 2018 on one count of Theft in the First Degree, one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, one count of Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, and one count of Violating Conditions of Release. Judge Marston sentenced Philemonoff for all of these crimes.

The jury heard that Philemonoff led the burglary of local Anchorage business Parallel 64 off North Post Road on January 13, 2018. Parallel 64 is a licensed marijuana cultivation facility. Evidence established Philemonoff visited the business several times in the middle of the night in the days preceding the burglary. During the burglary Philemonoff and at least two others stole or damaged a total of $144,000 worth of marijuana. Total damage to the business is in excess of $150,000.

For this conduct, Philemonoff faced a sentencing range of zero to two years. In sentencing Philemonoff to the maximum sentence for Theft in the First Degree and placing him on probation for his other crimes Judge Marston observed that Philemonoff’s wrongdoing “almost brought a business to its knees” due to the near-bankruptcy of Parallel 64 from the damage and loss of product. Judge Marston noted Anchorage “is sick of people running rampant” and there “has to be a deterrence” for such behavior. Judge Marston set a future court hearing to finalize the restitution Philemonoff owes the victims, estimated at $156,000.

If you have any further information concerning the identity of the other suspects who burglarized Parallel 64, please contact the Anchorage Police Department reference case 18-1864.

CONTACT: Anchorage Assistant District Attorney Daniel Shorey at (907) 269-6300 or daniel.shorey@alaska.gov.

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Department Media Contact: Senior Assistant Attorney General Cori Mills at (907) 465-2132 or cori.mills@alaska.gov.