Man will serve year in jail for evidence tampering

Posted: Friday, August 02, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A man who was accused of stabbing a friend during an argument over who was the ''real'' Alaskan was sentenced to one year in jail for a related conviction.

George Shavers, 48, was convicted of tampering with evidence for disposing of the knife used in the Jan. 26 attack aboard his boat.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks sentenced Shavers Wednesday to a year in jail as part of a plea agreement reached with the District Attorney's office.

During trial, Shavers admitted to stabbing Barry Richards multiple times while the two were arguing after a night of drinking. But Shavers said it was in self defense.

Richards survived the attack, but authorities have been unable to find him since he checked himself out of Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Shavers agreed to plead guilty to a probation violation and serve an additional 185 days in jail for an unrelated 2001 assault conviction that had been suspended as part of the plea agreement.

During his trial, a jury was unable to reach a decision on an assault charge against Shavers.

Shavers will serve the sentences consecutively but will receive credit for his time in jail since January awaiting trial.

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