Koyukuk man changes plea in shootings

Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Koyukuk man pleaded no contest to two counts of murder Tuesday in Fairbanks Superior Court.

Norman Lolnitz, 19, faces up to 60 years in prison after reaching the plea agreement.

Lolnitz was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths Jan. 20 of Fabian Pilot, 36, and his 2-month-old son, Stephan James Pilot.

On Tuesday, Lolnitz pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree murder for the death of Fabian Pilot and one count of second-degree murder for killing the infant.

As part of the agreement, his time to serve will not exceed 60 years, though suspended time and probation may be added by Judge Richard Savell.

The shooting took place in the Pilots' Koyukuk home during early morning hours.

According to court documents, Lolnitz was drunk and had been thrown out of the house earlier in the evening. He returned with a .223-caliber rifle, shouting obscenities and firing two rounds at the victims. Two adult females, including one who was the girlfriend of Fabian Pilot and the baby's mother, were also in the one-room cabin at the time of the shooting.

Stephan Pilot was in his father's arms when both were shot. The infant died shortly after the shooting. Fabian Pilot was flown to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he died about seven hours after he was shot.

Lolnitz fled the scene on a snowmachine and was contacted and disarmed by a local resident. Lolnitz left again but returned to the village at noon.

First-degree murder carries a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. Second-degree murder carries a minimum sentence of 10 years.

Lolnitz is being held at the Fairbanks Correctional Center. He is to be sentenced Sept. 28.

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