Man gets 213 years for double murder

Posted: Friday, March 10, 2000

KENAI (AP) -- A Kasilof man has been sentenced to serve 213 years in prison for killing two women in his home in 1998.

Robert V. Freeman, 58, was sentenced last week following his conviction on two counts of first-degree murder in December for the July 17, 1998, shooting of Jean Iwaszko, 33, of Kasilof and Tracy Eason, 28, of Soldotna.

He also was convicted of three counts of third-degree assault -- one count for each of the three witnesses who were present during the shootings or shortly thereafter.

Judge Jonathan Link sentenced Freeman to 99 years for each murder count, to be served consecutively, said his attorney, Darrel Gardner of the state Office of Public Advocacy. Freeman got five years for each of the three counts of assault, to be served concurrently with the murder sentences.

Neither the prosecution nor the defense called witnesses during Friday's sentencing. Eason's parents made statements.

Gardner said Freeman continues to say he is innocent and has indicated his intent to appeal.

Gardner said evidence presented at the trial suggested Freeman was extremely intoxicated during the incident.

''My argument was that even though he was convicted of first-degree murder, which is intentional killing, that level of intoxication can reduce intent,'' he said. ''I argued that he should receive a sentence similar to that for aggravated second-degree murder, which, by case law, would be about 60 years per count.''

The judge disagreed.

''Judge Link said that in his mind, these were first-degree murders, intentional killing,'' Gardner said. ''The reason was the number of shots. If he had just shot Jean Iwaszko once, and she had died, he would have considered that more like second-degree murder.''

However, Gardner said, evidence at the trial suggested that Freeman shot Iwaszko once, then shot Eason twice, then returned and shot Iwaszko again.

''The judge said he considered this to be among the most serious of first-degree murders,'' Gardner said.

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