Ketchikan man sentenced for 1999 murder

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan judge sentenced Matthew Cook Jr. to 99 years in prison for the stabbing death of Harold James Trout.

Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens imposed the maximum sentence on Cook with no time suspended. Cook, 50, will be eligible for parole when he is 83.

At the sentencing Friday, Cook's lawyer, Darrel Gardner, asked for a 60-year sentence for his client.

Trout, 50, was found dead at his home near Ketchikan's waterfront in December 1999. Witnesses told investigators that Cook had been seen in the area.

Cook turned himself in to police shortly after Trout was found.

In March a Ketchikan jury convicted him of first-degree murder. During the trial, District Attorney Steve West said Cook and Trout were in a bar the morning of the murder. He said both had been drinking and mourning the loss of a mutual friend.

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