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Emmonak man sentenced on multiple charges of domestic violence assault

July 18, 2019

(Bethel, AK) – Bethel Superior Court Judge Nathaniel Peters yesterday handed down a 17-year sentence to Michael Redfox of Emmonak after a Bethel jury found him guilty of beating and strangling his girlfriend in March of 2018. The guilty verdicts came after a lengthy trial in March 2019 during which Redfox acted as his own attorney and cross-examined the victim for nearly eight hours.

Evidence presented at trial showed Redfox strangled the victim several different times during the course of his attack on her. At one point during the assault, the victim grabbed a screwdriver and stabbed Redfox in the forehead to make him stop.

The jury convicted Redfox on all counts he was charged with, including Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and two counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree. The jury also convicted Redfox of Escape in the Second Degree based upon his escape from Village Police Officer custody following his arrest.

Several weeks after the conclusion of trial, Redfox filed a motion asking the judge to disqualify himself. The court denied the motion in a decision that was reviewed and affirmed by a second judge.

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Peters spoke about Redfox’s poor prospects for rehabilitation based upon his past criminal history. The judge also discussed community condemnation of domestic violence assaults and noted Redfox’s criminal behavior appeared to be escalating in severity. Judge Peters also found that the victim, who is disabled, was particularly vulnerable and that Redfox was aware of her disability. In his statement prior to sentencing, Redfox disagreed with the judge’s assessment and argued he was a strong candidate for rehabilitation given his completion of substance abuse programs.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Knowles asked the court to impose a sentence which did not include probation in light of Redfox’s extensive criminal history. The court agreed with the state and imposed a sentence without probation.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney R. Christopher Knowles at (907) 543-2055.

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