ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—The Alaska Department of Law stood by a judge’s sentence that calls for no jail time for an Anchorage man who authorities say offered a woman a ride and choked her until she was unconscious.
Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault in the case. A kidnapping charge was dropped as part of the plea deal.
Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Corey sentenced Schneider to two years with a year suspended.
Schneider also received credit for a year he served under house arrest and will serve no additional time as long as he doesn’t violate the conditions of his probation.
A movement is underway calling for the ouster of the judge. An Anchorage social worker created a Facebook page calling for a “no” vote Nov. 6 on retaining Corey.
Schneider choked an Alaskan Indigenous woman and then masturbated over her unconscious body, according to charging documents. He also told the woman he would kill her if she screamed, Anchorage police detective Brett Sarber wrote in a sworn affidavit.