Heavy workload delays sexual assault sentencing

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE-A disturbing trend in Anchorage of not sentencing convicted sex offenders when originally scheduled continued Friday with 42-year-old David Standifer. Standifer was convicted last year for sexually assaulting a woman near Ship Creek.

When she escaped she was covered in blood with a broken nose and had her pants removed.

Standifers attorney argued a sentencing right bow would be premature because theres been no sex offender risk assessment.He also faulted himself for having a busy trial schedule and being unable to dedicate more time to the case.

Prosecutors representing the victim say even though sentencing for sex offenders is commonly delayed, that doesn't make it right. They also said it would be devastating to the victim to know  she would not get closure just yet.

Superior court Judge Kevin Saxby was sympathetic to the victim, but ultimately agreed to delay sentencing until the summer. Standifer faces a minimum of 60 years.

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