Drunk driving suspect ask for plea change hearing

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula man charged with murder in the April 19 drunken-driving deaths of two prominent Juneau residents has asked for a change of plea hearing.

By changing his plea to no contest or guilty, Michael Glaser of Crown Point could avoid a jury trial and receive a negotiated sentence.

His attorney, John Murtagh, filed the change of plea motion Monday in Kenai Superior Court, said Assistant District Attorney John Wolfe.

If the motion is approved, a hearing would take place after state probation officials assemble a pre-sentence report, Wolfe said. That would likely delay sentencing until October or November.

Murtagh requested Glaser's change of plea hearing and sentencing take place on the same court date. Telephone calls to Murtagh's office were not returned.

Glaser, 43, was driving a pickup truck that crossed the centerline on the Seward Highway and struck a rental car, killing Martin Richard, 50, and Ladd Macaulay, 57, both of Juneau.

A third man, Steven McGee of Juneau, was injured.

Tests conducted by Alaska State Troopers on Glaser after the crash showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.258 percent -- more than two and a half times Alaska's legal limit.

Glaser was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault.

Murder in the second degree is punishable by at least five years but not more than 99 years in prison. First-degree assault carries a maximum term of 20 years.

''I think Glaser accepts that he ruined a lot of people's lives. I would like more than a slap on the wrist for him,'' said McGee, a fisheries biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Richard was director of the Division of Investments for the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Macaulay was a loan officer with the division.

Glaser has been released into the custody of his wife.

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