Nenana man sentenced to 99 years for killing trapper

Posted: Tuesday, June 04, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Nenana man was sentenced to 99 years in prison Monday for killing a Nenana trapper last year.

Mark Andrews, 26, was convicted in February of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree theft in the death of John ''Mackie'' Burk on Jan. 14, 2001.

Because the murder was committed in the course of a robbery, it carried an automatic 99-year sentence.

Andrews waived his right to a jury trial and Superior Court Judge Charles Pengilly handed down his verdict immediately following three days of testimony.

Burk, 66, was shot to death through the front door of his Nenana cabin. Darin Nathaniel, 19, of Minto also was convicted in the shooting and is serving a 20-year sentence as part of his plea to one count of second-degree murder.

Nathaniel testified that Andrews masterminded the crime, stealing shotguns and ammunition from another home before heading to Burk's cabin. He said the pair knocked on Burk's door, Burke answered and Andrews fired four shots.

During sentencing, Pengilly said Andrews' life was ''full of violence and alcohol.''

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