Man get five years for assault

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003

KENAI (AP) -- An Anchorage man convicted of a July assault near Kenai has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Kenneth D. Ferguson, 36, was convicted of hitting, kicking and burning a woman with a piece of firewood during a camping outing at Captain Cook State Recreation Area.

Ferguson also was convicted of driving while intoxicated, driving while license revoked and reckless endangerment.

According to court testimony, Ferguson, the woman and Ferguson's 8-year-old daughter went camping in the park July 13, and the two adults began drinking heavily.

Ferguson decided to end the outdoor adventure and go to a motel. But the woman was too intoxicated to get up.

Ferguson began hitting and kicking the woman. He finally got her in the car, but when they arrived at a Kenai motel, the woman fell in the parking lot and again could not get up. Ferguson started kicking her again, the motel manager saw the assault and he called Kenai police.

The woman suffered a broken wrist, a broken nose, multiple bruises and second-degree burns.

Ferguson entered a no-contest plea to driving while intoxicated and was convicted of the other charges.

He was sentenced in Kenai Superior Court on Monday to 11 years with six years suspended for the assault; 45 days in jail with 42 suspended and fined $2,000 with $500 suspended for driving while intoxicated; 20 days with 10 days suspended and a $50 surcharge for driving while license revoked; and 180 days with 180 days suspended for reckless endangerment.

Superior Court Judge Charles K. Cranston also ordered five years of probation following Ferguson's release from prison.

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