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Man arraigned for vehicle death

Posted: June 21, 2012 - 8:07pm

A driver charged in the 2010 Memorial Day weekend car crash that killed a Washington, D.C., woman was arraigned Thursday at the Kenai Courthouse. 

Alfred C. Jones, 46, has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, seven counts of third-degree assault, driving under the influence and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, methamphetamines.

Jones allegedly drove a GMC pickup truck that hit a Subaru Forester, killing a passenger, Kathleen Benz, 25, of Washington, D.C., according to court records. Charging documents allege a blood analysis for Jones tested positive for methamphetamines, oxycodone, cocaine and marijuana.

In Nov. 2010, federal prosecutors charged Jones for his involvement in a conspiracy to launder money and distribute oxycodone in Alaska that had been smuggled up from Nevada. 

Jones served a 15-month sentence in Nevada as a result of his conviction. 

He appeared for the arraignment in custody but wearing plainclothes, a white t-shirt, khakis and navy blue loafers. The tall man with long black hair remained calm throughout the hearing, addressing Superior Court Judge Anna Moran as “ma’am.” 

Jones requested a public defender, and Moran entered a plea of not guilty on the defendant’s behalf. 

“Absolutely,” Jones said as the judge entered the plea. 

The second-degree murder charge includes a maximum sentence of 99 years in prison and $75,000 fine. All of Jones’ charges are felonies except the DUI charge.

Jones has no felony convictions prior to his drug conspiracy conviction, said Kenai District Attorney Scot Leaders.

Jones said he was returning to Alaska from Nevada following his release from prison when the state “dropped these charges.”

The court set no bail as per the state’s request. A trial is set for Sept. 24, at the Kenai Courthouse.

Jerzy Shedlock can be reached at jerzy.shedlock@peninsulaclarion.com. 

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