Child support protester enters plea

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A man who lit his car on fire in front of state offices and kicked a window out of a police car was sentenced to three years in prison with all time suspended except for 40 days already served.

Jed Magby, 44, pleaded no contest to criminal mischief, a felony, and misdemeanor reckless endangerment Tuesday, said District Attorney Bob Linton.

Linton said Magby last October torched his Mercedes in front of the Atwood State Office Building, which houses the Child Support Enforcement Division.

Magby had raised an American flag upside down on a pole fixed to the Mercedes and used a can of gas to light the flag on fire. Anchorage police found Magby sitting on the curb and the car engulfed in flames, Linton said.

At the time of his arrest, Magby had documents that showed he owed over $100,000 in back child support. The previous month, Magby had told a child enforcement employee that he was on the verge of ''blowing up'' over their division efforts to get him to pay, Linton said.

He had been ordered by police not to return to the child enforcement offices.

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