Fairbanks man pleads no contest in shooting

Posted: Wednesday, June 04, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks man has pleaded no contest to assault in an agreement that will send him to prison for no more than 10 years.

Takory Stern, 20, was originally charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Lee Meckel. He is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 5 before Superior Court Judge Mark Wood.

Stern was charged in the case five months after Meckel, then 19, was shot twice during a Sept. 21 gathering of several people at an apartment. One bullet struck Meckel's leg and the other went into his chest and lodged in his lung, requiring treatment at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Meckel identified Stern as the shooter.

Stern was taken into custody by the Arizona Department of Public Safety in connection with a stolen property sting operation. Fairbanks authorities sought his extradition to Alaska to face the shooting charges.

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