Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Christopher Strawn has been found guilty on charges of first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and third-degree assault following an approximately three hour deliberation by the jury.
Strawn is convicted of killing Brandon Cook on October 20, 2015.
Strawn's sentencing is scheduled for February 20, 2018.
Assistant District Attorney Amy Paige says she will be researching similar cases, with defendants with similar criminal histories, to decide what sentence to ask for in the 30-99 year range. Strawn also faces sentencing, possibly separately, for causing eye-witness Tiffany Johnson to fear for her life after her friend's murder. Both sides will likely make an argument as to handling that charge separately or merging it with the murder charge. Paige believe case law allows for that charge to have it's own sentence, with the possibility of it running consecutively to the murder sentence.
Another witness, Aileen Sanchez, said she was irritated with Strawn functioning as his own attorney due to his redundant questioning of her. However, after the conviction Sanchez said she is glad Strawn got his wish because now he has no one but himself to blame both for what he did and what he said.
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