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Woman found guilty in death of Nome man

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2003

NOME (AP) A Nome jury has found a Little Diomede woman guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the death of a Nome man last summer.

Bernice Slwooko, 34, along with Jacob Anagick, 37 was charged in August with first-degree murder for the death of James ''Jimmy'' Jack, 56.

In statements to the police at the time, Slwooko and Anagick confessed to killing Jack with an ax during a fight at his house while they were all drinking.

Slwooko later pleaded innocent to the murder charge. In her trial this week, both she and Anagick told jurors that she was not present when Anagick killed Jack. Their testimony noted that Slwooko did help Anagick throw blood stained clothes into the jetty.

The Nome Superior Court jury deliberated Tuesday evening and returned a verdict of second-degree murder against Slwooko a lesser offense included in the first-degree murder charge.

In April, Anagick pleaded no contest to second-degree murder. He faces a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison. His sentencing date has been set for Aug. 11.



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